Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Zola is hopeful over new West Ham deal

Gianfranco Zola is hopeful of signing a new contract at West Ham despite a looming change in the club’s ownership.

Current owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson, the recession-hit Icelandic financier, is expected to have to hand over West Ham to his major creditor, Icelandic bank Straumur.

Zola has insisted he wants to stay at Upton Park, with positive moves on a new improved deal.

The Sardinian said: "I have started something at this club and I want to see how it goes in the next few years. On the contract there are some positive things. We will see but hopefully in the next few weeks things will be settled. Hopefully there will be no problems. The club wants to look after us and I hope everyone will be satisfied."

Zola wants his assistant Steve Clarke and the rest of the coaching team to stay.

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