Zola: I won't leave Hammers for Chelsea

West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola has insisted he has no immidiete plans to leave Upton Park and take over at former club Chelsea.

Current Blues boss Luiz Felipe Scolari continues to weather criticism for the club's present patchy form, with Saturday's 0-0 draw with Hull City leaving the west London outfit in fourth place behind Aston Villa, Liverpool and leaders Manchester United.

Chelsea have now won just four of their last 10 league outings, with Saturday's stalemate with Hull leading to some fans unfurling a banner calling for Scolari to be replaced with former Blues Zola and - MK Dons boss - Roberto Di Matteo.

However Zola, who had led the Hammers to an eight-game unbeaten run prior to the narrow defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, says he has no intention of making an early exit from east London to return to Stamford Bridge.

"In football you never know what lies round the corner but I have no intention of walking out on West Ham," Zola told the Mirror.

"I owe a lot to them. Not many clubs would haven given me this opportunity. My main aim is to do well here and repay the faith West Ham and their supporters have shown in me.

"It's not in my nature to walk out on something that has only just begun."

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