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Zola signs new West Ham contract

Steve Clarke and Gianfranco Zola
Clarke and Zola have made an impressive start at West Ham

West Ham United's Italian manager Gianfranco Zola has signed a new four-year contract with the club.

Zola's deal ties him to the Upton Park club until 2013, while his assistant Steve Clarke is also expected to sign a new four-year contract.

They arrived at West Ham in September 2008 and have put the Hammers in the race for a place in Europe next season.

Zola and Clarke played together at Chelsea and were linked with returns when Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked.

Clarke said on Thursday that although he has happy memories of his Chelsea days, that chapter of his life was over.

"I am enjoying my time here. I think it was a strange move for a lot of people when I came but I feel justified in making it," he said.

"I had great times at Chelsea but it has gone, it is in the past and I have to look forward. I am at West Ham now."


Zola's contract is reportedly worth a £1.6m-a-year, while Clarke will become the Premier League's highest paid number two with a £1m wage packet.

West Ham appointed Zola on 11 September 2008 and he was followed into the club by Clarke four days later.

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