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Zola to join Sarri at Juve – turns down chance to stay at Chelsea

Gianfranco Zola will leave Chelsea this summer and could join Maurizio Sarri at Juventus.

The club legend returned to Stamford Bridge last summer to work alongside Sarri, signing a one-year deal to join the Italian’s backroom staff.

Sarri is leaving Chelsea to join Italian champions Juventus after just one season in the Premier League, with former Blues favourite and Derby County manager Frank Lampard emerging as the favourite to succeed the 60-year-old.

According to Sky Sports, Zola has been offered an ambassadorial role at Stamford Bridge, however, the 52-year-old will decline the position as he looks to continue his coaching career.

Zola is believed to be open to opportunities within English football, although the former Chelsea forward will follow Sarri and return to Serie A at this time.

Zola previously managed Italian side Cagliari in 2014/15, though he was sacked less than three months after his appointment with the club in the relegation zone.

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