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Done Deal: Chelsea hero leaves Stamford Bridge after Maurizio Sarri’s departure

Gianfranco Zola is set to leave Chelsea this summer following the departure of manager Maruizio Sarri.

Sarri has given up his role at Stamford Bridge after just one year in order to take up the position at Juventus after Massimiliano Allegri resigned at the end of last season.

Frank Lampard is the clear favourite to replace Sarri and become the next Chelsea boss and he is expected to bring his own backroom team with him to west London.

With Zola’s contract as assistant manager at Chelsea expiring this summer, Sky Sports News reports that he will not be offered a new one.

The 52-year-old Italian has been offered a position as club ambassador after his legendary spell as a player at the club from 1996-2003, but he wants to remain in coaching so has turned it down.

Zola returned to the club for which he made over 300 appearances to work as Sarri’s assistant last summer. The season saw plenty of ups and downs for the managerial team, but ended with a third-place finish in the Premier League and a Europa League title win.

‘It’s football, no? During a season you can have good moments or bad moments,’ Zola told Chelsea’s official website. ‘What is important is always believing in your work and always giving your best. That’s what we did.

‘Fortunately the players believed in what we were doing, they helped us a lot, and we went through all the problems and difficulties that we had. We are all here celebrating and I think we deserved something.’

Lampard is now as short as 1/25 with some bookmakers to take over as Chelsea manager this summer, with the likes of Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez thought to be contenders, but only with very slim chances of getting the job.