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Chelsea’s first favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager is Zinedine Zidane

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is the bookies’ second favorite to take over at Stamford Bridge. However, Zinedine Zidane is now the clear favorite to take over at Chelsea after his odds were slashed following an outpour of bets on his appointment.

The Blues dropped down to sixth in the Premier League after a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, and they are reportedly ready to replace the under-pressure Maurizio Sarri after just eight months in charge.

Zidane, who won three successive Champions League titles while in charge of Real Madrid before leaving in May, has been the most backed for the job over the last 12 hours, attracting 64 per of all bets to become Sarri’s successor.

His odds have been cut from 14/1 yesterday, into as short as 13/8 clear favorite this morning, replacing former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, while another Chelsea legend  Gianfranco Zola is the bookies’ second favorite for the job at 6/1, followed by Laurent Blanc at 9/1.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: “Given that Zidane is unlikely to be without a job for long, this gamble suggests that Maurizio Sarri’s time in west London could be coming to an end.

Meanwhile, reports in Spain claim Chelsea players are confused by Sarri’s team selection this season and want N’Golo Kante to be moved back to his natural holding midfield position. Kante is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, defensive midfielder on the planet, but has been moved to a more advanced position this term to make room for summer signing Jorginho.

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