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Chelsea veteran Gianfranco Zola has said he will only sign a new contract at the club if he feels it is in his family’s best interests.

Zola, who joined Chelsea from Parma in 1996, has three months left on his contract. He has taken the advice of his wife in the past when signing new contracts and says this time is no different.

“There have been times during my Chelsea career where I have thought about returning to Italy for my family’s sake.

‘I feel it is right for my children to be brought up in Italy with the Italian language and culture.”

He has said any decision he makes will not be influenced by money. A decision may be determined by whether Chelsea qualify for the Champion’s League, which would mean Zola could grace European football’s biggest stage one final time before retiring.

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