Gianfranco Zola thanks his former club Chelsea for 'trying to look after' Watford

Gianfranco Zola with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho back in 2006. Picture: Action Images

Gianfranco Zola with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho back in 2006. Picture: Action Images

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has thanked his former club for "trying to look after" his current side Watford.

The Hornets reaped the benefits of Nathaniel Chalobah's services last season and despite being unable to afford the player this summer, the Blues have loaned the Championship side fellow England Under-21 international Josh McEachran.

Zola said: "We still have very good contact with Chelsea and Chelsea try to look after us as well so a big thank you to them."

The Italian previously stated Chalobah was keen to return to Vicarage Road before the rising star joined Championship rivals Nottingham Forest on loan.

Chalobah signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea at the end of August which is reportedly worth in the region of £30,000 to £35,000 a week.

And Zola said: "I think wages were very important [in Chalobah not signing]. Nathaniel is not the same player he was last year in many ways so it was difficult for us to make the deal happen."

But Zola was delighted with the addition of McEachran although he has told the midfielder there are areas of his game he needs to improve - which has been acknowledged by the midfielder himself.

Zola said: "We are pleased to have him here. He is the type of player who could fit in well with the squad. He will have to work hard because he has a lot of competition here but he is talented and we like having talented people here.

"Josh will have to work on his game because he certainly has some issues in his game he needs to improve but we are looking forward to helping him develop."

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9:54am Thu 26 Sep 13

ForzaWatford says...

Keeping Zola happy so he can go straight there in a few years?

As long as he gets us to the premiership I wouldn't mind too much, obviously I want him to stay forever but being realistic, provided he does well, he is always going to end up at Chelsea.
Keeping Zola happy so he can go straight there in a few years? As long as he gets us to the premiership I wouldn't mind too much, obviously I want him to stay forever but being realistic, provided he does well, he is always going to end up at Chelsea. ForzaWatford
  • Score: 6

10:34am Thu 26 Sep 13

not a regular says...

Bulls***. If Chelsea wanted to "look after us" they'd have sent Chalobah here, where he wanted to be and where he had a proven record of improvement.
Bulls***. If Chelsea wanted to "look after us" they'd have sent Chalobah here, where he wanted to be and where he had a proven record of improvement. not a regular
  • Score: -7

11:46am Thu 26 Sep 13

Yellow blood says...

Fact is, Premier league youngsters no longer walk into our team anyway so do we even need Chelsea to be nice to us?

Granted Chalobah would probably have had more of a chance than McEachran but first you've got to prove you're better than McGugan, Abdi, Murray and possibly Iriney and Batocchio.

I'm happy we have him but, like Zola says, he shouldn't take this season lightly. If he earns a first team place in this team, he'll be a hot property once again. Fail to do so and he could be looking at a long stint in the Championship (while we progress in the Prem).
Fact is, Premier league youngsters no longer walk into our team anyway so do we even need Chelsea to be nice to us? Granted Chalobah would probably have had more of a chance than McEachran but first you've got to prove you're better than McGugan, Abdi, Murray and possibly Iriney and Batocchio. I'm happy we have him but, like Zola says, he shouldn't take this season lightly. If he earns a first team place in this team, he'll be a hot property once again. Fail to do so and he could be looking at a long stint in the Championship (while we progress in the Prem). Yellow blood
  • Score: 2

11:54am Thu 26 Sep 13

WFCinexile says...

Wow, why the negative comments? It's only got to be a positive thing to be on good terms with the larger Premiership clubs.

Rather than looking upon missing out on Chalobah as a negative, why not look upon getting another quality midfielder (McEachran) as a positive, as he strengthens our overall squad. Hopefully his injury is a minor one and he'll be back to show us what he's capable of.
Wow, why the negative comments? It's only got to be a positive thing to be on good terms with the larger Premiership clubs. Rather than looking upon missing out on Chalobah as a negative, why not look upon getting another quality midfielder (McEachran) as a positive, as he strengthens our overall squad. Hopefully his injury is a minor one and he'll be back to show us what he's capable of. WFCinexile
  • Score: 23

12:31pm Thu 26 Sep 13

Chris the Vic says...

After 20 mins Josh started to look good...i think we have a gem.

As for Chelsea and Jose...a good relationship is worth cultivating...last year Nathaniel, this year Josh and before we were recommended Judas (by Jose) BR was unknown at the time and despite certain actions he was a top manager as he is proving now.
After 20 mins Josh started to look good...i think we have a gem. As for Chelsea and Jose...a good relationship is worth cultivating...last year Nathaniel, this year Josh and before we were recommended Judas (by Jose) BR was unknown at the time and despite certain actions he was a top manager as he is proving now. Chris the Vic
  • Score: 3

12:45pm Thu 26 Sep 13

stevyweavy says...

Costs nothing to be polite and you never know when you might want to call on them in the future. He is only doing what any common decent person would say or do so cannot see why anybody would/could pick out anything negative about his comments. There are some people who could take a few lessons from dear Mr Zola regarding basic etiquette. Besides he may be trying to get Demba Ba on loan (just joking before anybody says I'm being stupid!)?
Costs nothing to be polite and you never know when you might want to call on them in the future. He is only doing what any common decent person would say or do so cannot see why anybody would/could pick out anything negative about his comments. There are some people who could take a few lessons from dear Mr Zola regarding basic etiquette. Besides he may be trying to get Demba Ba on loan (just joking before anybody says I'm being stupid!)? stevyweavy
  • Score: 17

12:55pm Thu 26 Sep 13

Denzil D says...

I always thought we sung "..he's only five foot three.." becasue it rhymes with Italy, but from the look of that picture 5'3" is being generous
I always thought we sung "..he's only five foot three.." becasue it rhymes with Italy, but from the look of that picture 5'3" is being generous Denzil D
  • Score: 8

1:03pm Thu 26 Sep 13

rayman01 says...

Denzil D wrote:
I always thought we sung "..he's only five foot three.." becasue it rhymes with Italy, but from the look of that picture 5'3" is being generous
Yes I think Mourinho is standing on a soapbox so he can talk down to our beloved leader. We don't want to change the song now! Good to have Chelsea as our feeder club. If they are especially nice we can give Mata some game time or even take Torres off their hands, so long as he keeps improving! Luv the Horns.
[quote][p][bold]Denzil D[/bold] wrote: I always thought we sung "..he's only five foot three.." becasue it rhymes with Italy, but from the look of that picture 5'3" is being generous[/p][/quote]Yes I think Mourinho is standing on a soapbox so he can talk down to our beloved leader. We don't want to change the song now! Good to have Chelsea as our feeder club. If they are especially nice we can give Mata some game time or even take Torres off their hands, so long as he keeps improving! Luv the Horns. rayman01
  • Score: 7

1:27pm Thu 26 Sep 13

GrahamTaylor says...

"Nathaniel is not the same player he was last year in many ways so it was difficult for us to make the deal happen."
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This makes me feel it was Nats choice!
"Nathaniel is not the same player he was last year in many ways so it was difficult for us to make the deal happen." - This makes me feel it was Nats choice! GrahamTaylor
  • Score: 1

1:51pm Thu 26 Sep 13

SAHornet says...

not a regular wrote:
Bulls***. If Chelsea wanted to "look after us" they'd have sent Chalobah here, where he wanted to be and where he had a proven record of improvement.
Glad you're "not a regular"
[quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: Bulls***. If Chelsea wanted to "look after us" they'd have sent Chalobah here, where he wanted to be and where he had a proven record of improvement.[/p][/quote]Glad you're "not a regular" SAHornet
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Thu 26 Sep 13

SAHornet says...

Denzil D wrote:
I always thought we sung "..he's only five foot three.." becasue it rhymes with Italy, but from the look of that picture 5'3" is being generous
Ha ha. Yes, it looks like a little schoolboy being congratulated on something by a favourite teacher. Soooo cute !
[quote][p][bold]Denzil D[/bold] wrote: I always thought we sung "..he's only five foot three.." becasue it rhymes with Italy, but from the look of that picture 5'3" is being generous[/p][/quote]Ha ha. Yes, it looks like a little schoolboy being congratulated on something by a favourite teacher. Soooo cute ! SAHornet
  • Score: -2

2:09pm Thu 26 Sep 13

neilhorn says...

The most pleasing thing for me about the Chalobah thing was that we didn't sign him because it wasn't value for money. I saw a few posts along the lines of 'what? I thought these Pozzo's where meant to be loaded etc' But they where completely missing the point. The people posting that assumed that just because the Pozzos could afford it they had to spend it. Chalobah is worth nothing like that, they knew it, even if Chelsea don't, so they passed. Good business, simple as that.
I was also pleased that the vast majority on here agreed that he wasn't worth it, it was stupid money and we shouldn't pay it, whether we had it or not. Its good that we have sensible fans and sensible owners, and before someone says ' you won't be saying that if Forest go up instead of us' let me tell you - i will actually
The most pleasing thing for me about the Chalobah thing was that we didn't sign him because it wasn't value for money. I saw a few posts along the lines of 'what? I thought these Pozzo's where meant to be loaded etc' But they where completely missing the point. The people posting that assumed that just because the Pozzos could afford it they had to spend it. Chalobah is worth nothing like that, they knew it, even if Chelsea don't, so they passed. Good business, simple as that. I was also pleased that the vast majority on here agreed that he wasn't worth it, it was stupid money and we shouldn't pay it, whether we had it or not. Its good that we have sensible fans and sensible owners, and before someone says ' you won't be saying that if Forest go up instead of us' let me tell you - i will actually neilhorn
  • Score: 12

2:11pm Thu 26 Sep 13

ChunkeyMonkey says...

Yes, he is small, he's five foot and a bit, he makes your team look .... gianfranco wooooo ooh ooh ooh ooh
Yes, he is small, he's five foot and a bit, he makes your team look .... gianfranco wooooo ooh ooh ooh ooh ChunkeyMonkey
  • Score: 3

4:09pm Thu 26 Sep 13

SAHornet says...

neilhorn wrote:
The most pleasing thing for me about the Chalobah thing was that we didn't sign him because it wasn't value for money. I saw a few posts along the lines of 'what? I thought these Pozzo's where meant to be loaded etc' But they where completely missing the point. The people posting that assumed that just because the Pozzos could afford it they had to spend it. Chalobah is worth nothing like that, they knew it, even if Chelsea don't, so they passed. Good business, simple as that.
I was also pleased that the vast majority on here agreed that he wasn't worth it, it was stupid money and we shouldn't pay it, whether we had it or not. Its good that we have sensible fans and sensible owners, and before someone says ' you won't be saying that if Forest go up instead of us' let me tell you - i will actually
Well said neilhorn
[quote][p][bold]neilhorn[/bold] wrote: The most pleasing thing for me about the Chalobah thing was that we didn't sign him because it wasn't value for money. I saw a few posts along the lines of 'what? I thought these Pozzo's where meant to be loaded etc' But they where completely missing the point. The people posting that assumed that just because the Pozzos could afford it they had to spend it. Chalobah is worth nothing like that, they knew it, even if Chelsea don't, so they passed. Good business, simple as that. I was also pleased that the vast majority on here agreed that he wasn't worth it, it was stupid money and we shouldn't pay it, whether we had it or not. Its good that we have sensible fans and sensible owners, and before someone says ' you won't be saying that if Forest go up instead of us' let me tell you - i will actually[/p][/quote]Well said neilhorn SAHornet
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Thu 26 Sep 13

MainStandShambles says...

stevyweavy wrote:
Costs nothing to be polite and you never know when you might want to call on them in the future. He is only doing what any common decent person would say or do so cannot see why anybody would/could pick out anything negative about his comments. There are some people who could take a few lessons from dear Mr Zola regarding basic etiquette. Besides he may be trying to get Demba Ba on loan (just joking before anybody says I'm being stupid!)?
Well said stevyweavy. The saying is 'that you should always be polite to people on your way up as you might just need them when you're on your way down again'.
[quote][p][bold]stevyweavy[/bold] wrote: Costs nothing to be polite and you never know when you might want to call on them in the future. He is only doing what any common decent person would say or do so cannot see why anybody would/could pick out anything negative about his comments. There are some people who could take a few lessons from dear Mr Zola regarding basic etiquette. Besides he may be trying to get Demba Ba on loan (just joking before anybody says I'm being stupid!)?[/p][/quote]Well said stevyweavy. The saying is 'that you should always be polite to people on your way up as you might just need them when you're on your way down again'. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 5

4:40pm Thu 26 Sep 13

MainStandShambles says...

stevyweavy wrote:
Costs nothing to be polite and you never know when you might want to call on them in the future. He is only doing what any common decent person would say or do so cannot see why anybody would/could pick out anything negative about his comments. There are some people who could take a few lessons from dear Mr Zola regarding basic etiquette. Besides he may be trying to get Demba Ba on loan (just joking before anybody says I'm being stupid!)?
Well said stevyweavy. The saying is 'that you should always be polite to people on your way up as you might just need them when you're on your way down again'.
[quote][p][bold]stevyweavy[/bold] wrote: Costs nothing to be polite and you never know when you might want to call on them in the future. He is only doing what any common decent person would say or do so cannot see why anybody would/could pick out anything negative about his comments. There are some people who could take a few lessons from dear Mr Zola regarding basic etiquette. Besides he may be trying to get Demba Ba on loan (just joking before anybody says I'm being stupid!)?[/p][/quote]Well said stevyweavy. The saying is 'that you should always be polite to people on your way up as you might just need them when you're on your way down again'. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Thu 26 Sep 13

soulfulhornet says...

As I said on a previous thread, I just like GFZ, his character and ethics. I hate the term role model, but he is a model professional and being polite is part of that. Gianfranco is the real 'Mr Integrity'.
They are a few who could learn from him. and is he the nicest man in football? Because I have not heard a bad word said about him. We are very lucky to have him.
As I said on a previous thread, I just like GFZ, his character and ethics. I hate the term role model, but he is a model professional and being polite is part of that. Gianfranco is the real 'Mr Integrity'. They are a few who could learn from him. and is he the nicest man in football? Because I have not heard a bad word said about him. We are very lucky to have him. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 5

9:27am Fri 27 Sep 13

watford1881 says...

Don't really think any two teams "look after" one another.. Why would any company want to pay £30.000 when they don't have to?? Let's move on from Chalobah now...
Don't really think any two teams "look after" one another.. Why would any company want to pay £30.000 when they don't have to?? Let's move on from Chalobah now... watford1881
  • Score: 5

11:30am Fri 27 Sep 13

hornetsforever says...

watford1881 wrote:
Don't really think any two teams "look after" one another.. Why would any company want to pay £30.000 when they don't have to?? Let's move on from Chalobah now...
It's all a way of expression. But certainly Chelsea see that Watford is a good nurturing place for talent. It is in their interests to see that Watford are interested in their talent and thus being kind to Watford in their own special way (ieUlterior motives).
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Don't really think any two teams "look after" one another.. Why would any company want to pay £30.000 when they don't have to?? Let's move on from Chalobah now...[/p][/quote]It's all a way of expression. But certainly Chelsea see that Watford is a good nurturing place for talent. It is in their interests to see that Watford are interested in their talent and thus being kind to Watford in their own special way (ieUlterior motives). hornetsforever
  • Score: 2

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