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The Hammers boss believes ‘Carletto’ has what it takes to succeed in England and wrest the Premier League title away from the Red Devils.

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola, a former player with Chelsea, has reassured the Stamford Bridge faithful that Carlo Ancelotti is the best man for the club's managerial job.

Ancelotti’s eight-year reign in charge of Serie A giants Milan came to an end last month and the 50-year-old tactician relocated to England to take the reins of the Premier League side.

“For Carlo it’s an opportunity to start over. He will have enormous motivation and with his skills and Chelsea’s means he can do well, very well,” Zola told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“And he can break Manchester United’s dominance, making the Premier League more fascinating.”

Zola took charge of the Hammers last September, and after narrowly missing out on a place in the Europa League, he is working in the transfer market to bolster his squad ahead of next season.

And press reports suggest that the east London club are close to signing midfielder Luis Jimenez from Inter.

“My first season was very good,” admitted the 42-year-old. “After a few initial difficulties, we found consistency and went from strength to strength, finishing the season in eighth place.

“I tried everything to sign Mario Balotelli in January, because he was not finding space at Inter. It didn’t work out. Jimenez? He is one of those lads who play the type of football I like.

“It’s not easy to register non-EU players in England, but I guess we can resolve these problems.”

Vince Masiello, Goal.com

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