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Zola snubs Blues bid

NEW Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich made Gianfranco Zola a multi-million pound offer to stay with The Londoners, just 24 hours after he had signed for Cagliari.

The Russian tycoon is reported to have offered Zola £3 million a year in wages, and promised to pay Serie B club Cagliari more than £1 million to buy out the Chelsea ace's contract.

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino confirmed the bid, saying: "Abramovich sent Zola a fax offering him £3million. I have seen it with my own eyes.

"He also contacted me by phone, via an Italian middleman, offering me £1.25 million to tear up Zola's contract.

"I got another call from Abramovich on Thursday, this time offering me a million pounds to call off the deal. I told him no straight away."

Zola also insists he will not be considering a return to The Premiership, stating he was not willing to go back on his word.

"I think I have made the right decision. My reputation with the Sardinian people was at stake. I knew that they were expecting a great deal from me," said the 37-year-old.

The Italian chose to leave Stamford Bridge last week, turning his back on the offer of a new one-year contract and Champions League football to sign for Serie B outfit Cagliari in his native Sardinia.


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