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Zola would consider Lazio

May 20, 2012
By ESPN staff

Gianfranco Zola is open to the Lazio job but has not had any contact with the club since February, according to his agent.

Gianfranco Zola
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Zola, who has not held a managerial role since leaving West Ham United in 2010, had spoken to Lazio earlier this year when Edy Reja offered his resignation.

Reja ultimately remained in the job until this week, and the fact that both Zola and Lazio's director of sport were present for the Champions League final in Munich on Saturday night has led to fresh speculation that he could take charge at the Stadio Olimpico.

However, agent Fulvio Marrucco told Radio Sport 24: "The last real contact between Zola and Lazio was in February. Since then we have not heard from the club. Gianfranco was in Munich on Saturday for the Champions League final as a guest of Chelsea. The fact Lazio director of sport Igli Tare was also at the Allianz Arena fuelled rumours they were meeting.

"The Lazio option is still possible, but there are several clubs in Italy and abroad who are interested in Gianfranco, so he will certainly be on a bench next season.

"No coach would say no to Lazio right now, but anyone who chooses Zola begins a long-term project with staff up to the task and working methods at the vanguard in every aspect.

"Gianfranco has worked in two Premier League campaigns. The ideal for him would be a medium-high level club. This year we had contact with medium-low sides, but they were not taken into consideration."