Gianfranco Zola plays down rumours of Chelsea return

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola during the match against Brighton on December 29, 2012
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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola says that he is "focused" on the Hornets, despite being linked with the manager's job at Chelsea.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has insisted that he is fully focused on his job in the Championship following rumours of a return to Chelsea.

The 46-year-old has recently been touted as a possible contender for the permanent managerial role at Stamford Bridge, with reports claiming that interim boss Rafael Benitez will not be kept on at the end of the season.

"I'm more focused on what I have to do here," Zola told BBC Three Counties Radio. "My mind is completely on this job."

Meanwhile, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be regretting his decision to appoint Benitez in November.

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez during the match against Everton on December 30, 2012
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