The Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was responsible for selling the young Gianfranco Zola to Chelsea when he was in charge at Parma, and he admits that it was a mistake looking back, as Zola became an absolute legend at Stamford Bridge.
“Probably I made a mistake with him because I wanted to play 4-4-2 and I put the players in the right positions but he wanted to stay in the centre like a striker,” Ancelotti admitted.
“In that period, when there was this discussion, Chelsea offered him a good contract and he decided to go.
“I think it was a mistake. It was my first experience in Serie A and I was not able to change the system.
“I preferred to maintain the system that I knew well. For this, Gianfranco had a different decision to make. But a lot of time has passed since and now we have a good relationship.
“He would probably not have gone to Chelsea if I had changed the system, but he had a wonderful experience here at Chelsea and all the fans here remember his performances.”
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