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Chelsea legend and former assistant boss Gianfranco Zola also admitted his departure from Chelsea, a club he spent seven years at as a player, was ‘painful’.
Zola has been left without a job as Chelsea have moved to appoint Frank Lampard as the new club manager, while his compatriot is now in Italy.
Zola has now admitted that his Chelsea dismissal has pained him so much but he wished the club well, insisting that he still loves Chelsea.
Zola said: “Obviously it’s painful because you’re in a place where you like to be and it means a lot to you.
“Of course, it’s always painful, but we have to be professional and I think Chelsea are looking forward, they made other choices and I respect them, I have no problem with that.”
In a separate interview, Zola admitted that he was told late about the change in manager and it would be quite difficult to get a new job at this point in time.
“I found out quite late and the manager positions of the other teams have all been sorted out,” Zola told the Sun.
“Regardless, it is a minor thing for me. It was important that it helped my career. Working for a top club with a top coach has been good for me.
“I was head coach before and my main ambition is to return to that. But to work for Maurizio and Chelsea was a great opportunity.”