Gianfranco Zola is in the frame to become next Chelsea manager, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror claims the Blues legend is one of a number of names on owner Roman Abramovich’s shortlist, after ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola joined Bayern Munich earlier in the week.
Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Michael Laudrup and Diego Simeone have also been linked with the post, whilst Frank Rijkaard is available after being sacked by Saudi Arabia in the last seven days.
Zola became a firm fans favourite during his time at Stamford Bridge, with the little Italian scoring 80 goals in all competitions during seven successful years with the club.
He returned to England in 2008 to manage West Ham United, but was sacked after two season with the club narrowly avoiding relegation.
Appointed Watford manager at the start of the current season, Zola has helped transform the Hornets into one of the most eye-catching sides in the Npower Championship, and is now being tipped for bigger and better things.
"One of my dreams is a day when I can become the manager of Chelsea," Zola admitted earlier this season, according to the paper.
"Chelsea is in my heart. I hope one day I will get the chance to be manager there."
Rafa Benitez was appointed interim manager at Chelsea following Roberto Di Matteo’s departure in November, but the club’s supporters have not taken to the Spaniard, and the 46-year-old Italian is now in contention to replace the ex-Liverpool chief.
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