The Italian is regarded by many to be the greatest player in Chelsea’s long history and has been strongly linked with a coaching role at Stamford Bridge next season alongside prospective new boss Mauricio Sarri.
Whilst nothing has been confirmed by either men or the club so far, Zola might have dropped a big hint whilst working as a pundit for South African TV earlier today.
Zola was giving his opinion on Senegal’s 2-1 victory over Poland, when it was announced he is leaving the tournament early – to fly to London:
Gianfranco Zola departs Supersport World Cup studio in South Africa to return to London. It was said in a live studio section after the Poland V Senegal game that he is to return to London.Surely, something big is about to happen.
— Omonuku Ejiro Israel (@Ejisraeli) June 19, 2018
Of course, Antonio Conte is still officially the Chelsea manager, and is yet to be sacked by owner Roman Abramovich.
But, if he is given his marching orders, would a partnership of Sarri and Zola be one Blues fans should be excited about?