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Zola keen on new Hammers deal

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Gianfranco Zola is hopeful of signing a new contract at West Ham despite a looming change in the club's ownership.

Current owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson is expected to have to hand over West Ham to his major creditor, Icelandic bank Straumur, and it is understood they are not looking to sell West Ham off quickly.

And Zola has insisted he wants to stay at Upton Park saying in the Evening Standard: "I have started something at this club and I want to see how it goes in the next few years. On the contract there are some positive things. We will see but hopefully in the next few weeks things will be settled."

He added: "Hopefully there will be no problems. The club wants to look after us and I hope everyone will be satisfied."

Zola has made it clear however that he wants his assistant Steve Clarke and the rest of the coaching team to stay.

He added: "The club knows that is the first condition. This is not just about me but the whole team.

"The secret this season has been that everybody has done a great job together and now we must go forward as a team, otherwise we will stay where we are."

The ownership change inevitably raises questions about how much money Zola will have available for transfers.

But the fact West Ham have performed so well and are challenging for Europe will make Zola an asset in the eyes of the owners, allowing him to make a strong case for having funds made available.

Zola said: "We know that if we play in Europe we will need more players. One of the reasons we have a policy of having good young players available is that they can come in and do a good job for the team."

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