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Gianfranco Zola urges Chelsea’s young stars not to fear big-money arrivals of Timo Werner and Co

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After a year in which Roman Abramovich’s chequebook stayed firmly shut, Chelsea have been splashing the cash again.

As soon as the club’s 12-month transfer ban was lifted, prolific Germany striker Timo Werner arrived from RB Leipzig for £53million and Hakim Ziyech completed a £38m move from Ajax.

And they are not finished yet. Frank Lampard is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper and is expected to seal a big-money deal for Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

Chelsea have been ruthless in the transfer market, snapping up Timo Werner (L) for £53million

Chelsea have been ruthless in the transfer market, snapping up Timo Werner (L) for £53million

Chelsea have been ruthless in the transfer market, snapping up Timo Werner (L) for £53million

As well as Germany striker Werner, the Blues have also signed winger Hakim Ziyech for £38m

As well as Germany striker Werner, the Blues have also signed winger Hakim Ziyech for £38m

As well as Germany striker Werner, the Blues have also signed winger Hakim Ziyech for £38m 

Chelsea’s young stars — who stepped up so impressively to help the club secure a place in next season’s Champions League — must be wondering if their breakthrough season was a one-off.

But rather than fear the competition for places, they should embrace their new team-mates and learn from them. That is the view of Blues legend Gianfranco Zola, who had arguably the greatest mentor for a young, creative player in the late 1980s.

‘I would have not been the player I was if I didn’t train with Diego Maradona,’ he explains, having been at Napoli with the Argentina great.

‘He was so influential on every aspect of my game. I promise you — I would have been another Gianfranco Zola if I hadn’t trained and played with Maradona every day.’

Zola arrived at Chelsea from Parma in 1996 for £4.5m and helped change the face of English football. When he returned to Italy with Cagliari seven years later, he did so as a giant of the game. All 5ft 6in of him.

Chelsea are also expected to seal a big-money deal for Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen

Chelsea are also expected to seal a big-money deal for Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen

Chelsea are also expected to seal a big-money deal for Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen

Chelsea's youngsters enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season under manager Frank Lampard

Chelsea's youngsters enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season under manager Frank Lampard

Chelsea’s youngsters enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season under manager Frank Lampard

Too small to cope with the brutality of the Premier League, predicted the naysayers. Wrong. Zola showed us how football should be played — just as Maradona had shown him during their two years together.

‘Finally they have bought someone shorter than me,’ joked Maradona when Zola arrived from Sardinian team Torres in 1989. Maradona took the Italian under his wing to help nurture a genius. Zola saw a similar situation at Chelsea.

‘I don’t think John Terry would have been the player he was if he hadn’t had Marcel Desailly or Frank Leboeuf in front of him with us at Chelsea,’ Zola tells Sportsmail at a Kick It Out event in conjunction with player agency Unique Sports Management.

‘What makes you better is not playing every single game in a modest championship. What makes you better is playing 10 games in a very competitive league. Because of players like myself, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and so many others, the game in England is at such a high level.

‘If you want to be involved you have to be as good. And then, if you are good enough, you will become very good.

‘There is a common mistake people make. They say, “We need to play the young English boys”. Of course, but only if they are good. How can you measure that? If they are playing with good players and if they can fit into the level of the good players. That’s why, because of the level of the Premier League, England has so many talented players.’

Gianfranco Zola has urged the young stars to embrace challenge from the big-money arrivals

Gianfranco Zola has urged the young stars to embrace challenge from the big-money arrivals

Gianfranco Zola has urged the young stars to embrace challenge from the big-money arrivals

Zola helped change the face of English football after joining from Parma in 1996

Zola helped change the face of English football after joining from Parma in 1996

Zola helped change the face of English football after joining from Parma in 1996

Having decided to step away from football last summer after his exit as Chelsea No 2 when Maurizio Sarri left to become Juventus boss, Zola is keeping his eye in. Fully rested from his self-enforced break, you get the impression Zola is itching to have another crack at unearthing English football’s next gem.

‘It’s been a quiet year,’ he adds. ‘I took a bit of distance, I needed to do that and I’m happy I did.’

Inevitably, Zola pays close attention to Chelsea and is optimistic about his old club under former team-mate Lampard.

‘Chelsea are doing well considering they have a lot of young players in the team and they lost a very influential player in Eden Hazard. ‘Chelsea is a very demanding club. They need to be in the Champions League and they need to win trophies because that is what the club has been doing for some time.’

And they can do it with a blend of youth and experience. Just ask Zola.

Zola hailed the influence of Argentine icon Diego Maradona while playing for Napoli

Zola hailed the influence of Argentine icon Diego Maradona while playing for Napoli

Zola hailed the influence of Argentine icon Diego Maradona while playing for Napoli

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Today’s horse racing tips: Templegate’s NAP and best bets for Beverley, Warwick, Lingfield and Newcastle

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NEVILLE’S CROSS (3.30 Warwick, nap) will leave the bookies fuming.

He was impressive when winning at Uttoxeter on his handicap debut last time and a 9lb rise won’t stop him following up. Trainer Tom Lacey is in good nick too.

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1.00     Beechwood Donna

1.30     Bulls Aye (nb)

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4.55     Jupiter Road

WARWICK

1.15     Let The Heirs Walk

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4.40     Young Wolf

5.15     Kayarnah

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Jamie Carragher says Man Utd’s midfield of Pogba, Fernandes and Van de Beek could be a WEAKNESS

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Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United‘s new-look midfield trio may struggle to stop counter-attacks at the beginning of this new season. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were stunned on Saturday night in their Premier League opener, slumping to a 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace

The midfield pairing of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes flourished at the back-end of last season but with the arrival of Donny van de Beek for £40m this summer, former Liverpool centre back Carragher has his doubts about the defensive capabilities of that particular trio.  

Jamie Carragher has raised concerns about the make-up of Man United's new-look midfield

Jamie Carragher has raised concerns about the make-up of Man United’s new-look midfield 

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Paul Pogba started for United on Saturday but was substituted for Donny van de Beek 

Star January signing Bruno Fernandes has impressed since his arrival at Old Trafford

Star January signing Bruno Fernandes has impressed since his arrival at Old Trafford

‘Towards the end of last season United were playing really well and they’ll get back to that,’ Carragher told Sky Sports on Monday night. 

‘I’m not convinced this team, who have now become a more possession-based team since Fernandes has come in, Pogba is in centre of midfield, the more possession you have the more chance you can get counter attacked, that midfield for me is not right. 

‘You’ve got Van de Beek in the No 10 who came on, Fernandes went back. I think that team will be far too easy to counter attack against.’

Ex-Ajax midfielder Van de Beek was a second-half substitute at Old Trafford and scored on his debut to hand a lifeline to the hosts.

Van de Beek's late goal on debut was not enough to trigger a United comeback on Saturday

Van de Beek’s late goal on debut was not enough to trigger a United comeback on Saturday 

But Palace star Wilfried Zaha took advantage of space in front of the United back four to score his second of the game and put the match to bed. 

‘This is Crystal Palace – good as a counter attacking team but don’t have some of the quality that some of the top teams have at the top end of the pitch,’ Carragher added.

‘And if I’m proven wrong I’ll come on this show and say so but for me, with the pace at centre back and how open they are in the centre of midfield – Manchester United are going to have a real problem stopping teams counter-attacking.’ 

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Manchester City face a tricky first match of the season away to Wolves in the Premier League on Monday night. 

Pep Guardiola‘s side travel to Molineux after being granted a longer break following their exploits in the Champions League last season, which saw their campaign carry over into mid-August. 

Yet Wolves, who not only beat Sheffield United in their first game of the season last week, also memorably did the double over City last season. 

Sportsmail will provide all the team news, build-up and live commentary from Molineux, with kick-off at 8:15pm!  

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