No-one at Chelsea driving Zola return

Heather Diaz
July 10, 2018

Moses will, however, hope to be part of the squad when Chelsea kick-start their pre-season with a friendly against Perth Glory on July 23 before entering the International Champions Cup at the end of the month.

There have been plenty of reports that have linked Conte being sacked from Chelsea this summer with a number of different managers set to take up the potential job if a vacancy arises.

However, the London Evening Standard says Sarri is the one who has approached Zola about a return to Stamford Bridge and not a member of the club's hierarchy.

So with Chelsea having arranged pre-season preparations to start today, not many would have been expecting Antonio Conte to still be in charge.

The Blues were expected to have named a new head coach by now, but Conte remains at the helm after refusing to quit.

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Chelsea's Italian boss Antonio Conte was missing from the rest of the Blues' squad on Sunday as the Premier League resumed pre-season training at their Cobham training complex.

The 59-year-old Italian was tipped to take over from his compatriot at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea failed to qualify for UEFA Champions League football after finishing fifth.

Alvaro Morata, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Emerson Palmieri, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley returned on Saturday as they weren't playing in this summer's World Cup.

Numbers were diminished due to several players' involvement in Russian Federation, but those who didn't feature in Russian Federation were put through their paces with fitness and stretching exercises.

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