He said: "It is not our intention simply to bring Italian players to England. Di Michele, however, will stay with us. We have the option to sign him and we are not thinking of letting him go as he is showing he is the great player we all admired in Italy.
"Zola, meanwhile, was one of the greatest players in the history of Italian football. We hope he is appreciated just as much as a coach and he is conducting himself very well so far."