Gianfranco Zola has accepted an invitation to play in a Chelsea legends match on the 19th of May, with the match organized by former Blues boss Glenn Hoddle.

Hoddle is the technical director for the project, which has been named Football40, and is a tournament event for legends of the game. Hoddle and the organisers have put together a special format whereby teams play two 20 minute halves, and three games can take place over three hours.

Chelsea legends will meet with Fulham, while Arsenal take on Spurs, and the winners of each match face off in the tournament final.


All three games will take place on the Sunday, and Zola is one of many big name Chelsea legends said to be in the mix for the match.

Hoddle said he felt the shorter game format would make it easier for older players to show off their skills, as well as being able to play multiple games on the day.

“I have always felt that playing 90 minutes was a problem to any player who has given up the game professionally," Hoddle told the official Football40 website.

“The key to Football 40 is being able to have rolling subs and being able to go out there and compete and perform for a short period of time.


“It will be great to see these legends play again in competitive tournament and I am sure it will capture the imagination of the public.”

Zola will be putting on a Chelsea shirt for the first time since 2003, and with rumours currently circulating that the former striker may take a coaching role at Chelsea next season, all eyes will be on the Italian and how he enjoys being in a Blues shirt once more.

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