The appointment of Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola as assistant to new boss Maurizio Sarri has been confirmed by the club.
Zola helped the Blues win two FA Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup as well as one League Cup between 1996 and 2003.
Zola’s outstanding performance at Stamford Bridge got him named Chelsea’s best ever player by the club’s fans in 2003.
The 52-year-old, who helped the Azzurri to second place at the 1994 World Cup, will assist Sarri, who was named Chelsea manager last week after fellow compatriot Antonio Conte was dismissed.
“For me, it is an amazing thing,” the Italian told the Chelsea website.
“I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, to work hard with Maurizio to be successful.
“It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best, as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position.
“I am very much looking forward to the challenge in general. I would love us to start well and we are all very excited to start this new adventure.”
The former Italy international’s managerial CV includes time with the Italy Under-21s, West Ham United, Watford plus Birmingham City.