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Incoming Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reportedly contacted his former teammate and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola in an attempt to convince him to stay on at Stamford Bridge, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.
Zola spent last season as Maurizio Sarri’s assistant, helping the club to a third-placed finish and Europa League glory and with Sarri now manager of Juventus, Zola’s agent recently revealed Zola will quit Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the month.
Lampard is expected to bring his assistant Jody Morris with him when he finalises his switch from Derby and he reportedly wants Zola to be one of his assistant coaches.
Chelsea offered Zola an ambassadorial role at Stamford Bridge but the Italian turned down the offer as he wants to find a job as manager.
Meanwhile, Willian has backed Lampard to succeed as Chelsea boss.
“He is a legend,” Willian told football.london
“He was an extraordinary player for the club, winning every possible title. He deserves so much respect and backing for what he has already achieved at the club.
“If Chelsea do bring him in, he will be very welcome. He’s only starting his managerial career now, but he has everything it takes to be a success.”