Zola won't respond to Chelsea return rumours

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Former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola is refusing to be drawn on speculation linking him with the soon to vacant manager's position at Stamford Bridge, and does not want to disrupt Rafael Benitez at the business end of the season.

Zola is among the favourites to succeed Benitez when his interim reign with Chelsea comes to an end in the summer, with some bookmakers listing the Italian as short as 5/1 to become the club's new manager.

The Watford boss would undoubtedly be a popular appointment among Chelsea supporters having established himself as arguably the greatest player in the club's history, but Zola is not prepared to comment on a potential switch back to west London. 

"I would like to answer that question, but I can’t," Zola told The Times when asked about the Chelsea job. "It would be unfair to other people. That club is special for me, but for now I’m committed [to Watford]."

Having seen his reputation damaged somewhat by a spell as manager of West Ham, Zola has emerged as a Chelsea candidate having transformed Watford from Championship also rans into genuine promotion contenders.

The Hornets are currently third in the league, just two points outside the automatic promotion places, and Zola could yet return to Stamford Bridge next season in the opposition dugout.

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