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Talking out of his 'aris

Filed: Saturday, 14th February 2009
By: Staff Writer

Claims made by journalist Harry Harris regarding Gianfranco Zola and the vacant Chelsea job have been denied.

Harris, talking on Radio Five Live earlier this week claimed that Zola and assistant Steve Clarke had held negotiations with Chelsea following the sacking of Phil Scolari.

Boasting to have enjoyed exclusive access to Chelsea's Cobham training ground on the day of Scolari's departure, Harris went on to claim that both Zola and Clarke had agreed to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer when temporary replacement Guus Hiddink's short-term contract expires.

But according to a club source Harris' claims are well wide of the mark, whilst both Zola and Clarke remain committed to continuing their promising start at West Ham.

Rumours of a potential return to Stamford Bridge for former playing legend Zola gathered pace after lawyer Fulvio Marrucco, claiming to speak on behalf of Zola, told SkySports that "it is very difficult to say if anything will happen."

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