Zola: Takeover talk unsettling

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Gianfranco Zola has urged West Ham's board to finalise the takeover situation as soon as possible because the uncertainty is beginning to unsettle the players.

The Cagliari president Massimo Cellino and Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes are both in talks with West Ham's debt-ridden owners Straumur over a potential £100million takeover.

"All this talk is affecting everybody and the sooner we get it sorted the better," said Zola.

"The players want to know and they read a lot of things. We had a chat this morning and we clarified it. As far as I am concerned our priority is on the pitch.

"It is not comfortable but it is not an excuse."

Reports stemming from Italy on Friday suggested that Cellino would replace Zola, who only took charge at West Ham last season, with former Cagliari manager Daniele Arrigoni if his bid is successful.

Zola insisted he does not spend "even a second" worrying about the prospect - but he is frustrated that all transfer dealings are on hold until the takeover is finalised.

"I know that in my job you are under threat all of the time. I can only focus on the things that are under my control.

"This is not under my control and I'm not going to spend even a second thinking about that.

"I have a vital game in two days' time. Although it is not easy as you can imagine, I try to think about the things that I can make a difference. I can't really spend too much energy on the other things."

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