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Zola quiet on Chelsea rumours

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has played down ongoing speculation linking him with the Chelsea job, insisting it is 'unfair' to discuss the prospect.

Last Updated: 18/03/13 at 11:41 Post Comment

Gianfranco Zola: Staying quiet over Chelsea talk

Gianfranco Zola: Staying quiet over Chelsea talk

Blues legend Zola has been tipped as a potential successor for interim boss Rafael Benitez at Stamford Bridge next season.

But the former West Ham boss, who spent seven years at Chelsea during his playing days, insists he is committed to Watford for now as he looks to steer them into the Premier League.

Asked if he would like the Chelsea job, the Italian told The Times: "I would like to answer that question but I can't. It would be unfair to other people.

"That club is special for me, but for now I'm committed here."

Zola also defended the amount of loan players Watford have signed this season, with 14 currently on their books, 10 of which have been borrowed from sister club Udinese.

Under Football League rules, clubs are only allowed to name five loan players in a matchday squad, but loan deals arranged with foreign teams are recognised as transfers.

The Hornets' loan signings have drawn criticism from some, with Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway branding the loophole as "ludicrous".

But Zola said: "I paid attention for a little bit, but I stopped because it is nonsense.

"We're not doing anything wrong. We're just playing football, in many cases better than the opposition. That's what matters."

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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