Zola keen on English return

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola admits he's interested in a return to management in England.

The 45-year-old Italian enjoyed two seasons in charge of West Ham United, but was sacked in May 2010 following the arrival of David Gold and David Sullivan at the club. Relegation followed the subsequent season.

And, whilst Zola is yet to take another position in management, he remains eager to build on his brief experience at the Boelyn Ground.

“There is no doubt that there will be another opportunity for me,” Zola told takSPORT this week.

“I am working towards this moment, trying to see football from an outside angle and trying to improve my abilities as a manager.

“My first experience at West Ham was very good. I learnt a lot and I really care about those moments that I had.”

Zola became a Barclays Premier League legend during his time at Stamford Bridge, scoring 75 goals in all competitions for the Blues during a seven year spell in west London.

Despite finishing his playing career at Cagliari, his affiliation to English football remains strong, and the Hammers experience could bode well for his next position.

“That is football sometimes. It happens if things don’t go the way [the owners] want. The important thing as I said was that it was a very good experience," he concluded.

"The West Ham supporters speak highly about what we were trying to do and that is the thing that really matters. I learnt a lot and I am taking into the next position.”

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