Blues fans will join CFCnet in sending all their best to former Gianluca Vialli after the Italian announced that he is ‘fine now’ after a battle with cancer.
 
I’m fine now, very well indeed.”
 
It’s been a year and I’m back to having a beastly physique! But I still have no certainty of how this match will end.”
 
Gianluca Vialli played as a striker for the Blues, joining on a free back in 1996 and eventually becoming the manager of the club after retiring from playing in 1998. Despite being sacked in 2000, the Italian won FA Cup, League Cup and the UEFA Super Cup during Vialli’s tenure at Stamford Bridge.
 
In these quotes carried by the Irish Examiner via Corriere della Sera in Italy, Vialli admitted that eight months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiotherapy took its toll and that he initially wanted to hide the therapy from those around him;
 
I would have gladly done without, but it was not possible.”
 
Then I considered it a phase of my life that had to be lived with courage and from which to learn something.”
 
I knew it was hard to have to tell others, to tell my family. You would never want to hurt the people who love you: my parents, my brothers and my sister, my wife Cathryn, our little girls Olivia and Sofia.”
 
If gives you a sense of shame, as if it is your fault. I would wear a sweater under my shirt so others did not notice anything, that I would still be the Vialli they knew.”
 
Vialli’s experiences will be documented in a new book and Chelsea fans will be delighted to hear the former gaffer is fighting strong at the moment, with the Italian delivering plenty of silverware in his relatively short time in-charge of the club, prior to the Roman Abramovich era.

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