Zola appears to confirm Chelsea’s interest in Wilson

Callum Wilson has been outstanding for Bournemouth this season. [Picture: John Walton/PA Wire]

Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola has appeared to confirm the club’s interest in Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.

Speaking at a media conference on the eve of the Blues’ Carabao Cup quarter-final against the south-coast side, Zola was asked about reports linking Chelsea with Wilson.

He replied: “I am sure there are a lot of players that are linked with us.

“Certainly Callum Wilson is doing very well and is an interest not only for us but for many.”

Wilson, 26, has scored nine goals for Bournemouth this season and made his England debut last month, scoring against the United States at Wembley.

Asked about the threat potentially posed by Wilson in Wednesday’s tie, Zola added: “He’s strong, fast and he sees the goal. I like him because he’s quick but also strong in the air, which is a very important quality.

“He’s doing very well and I’m pleased for him. He has a lot of qualities that can take him a long way so I hope he continues improving like he’s doing.”

Chelsea legend Zola returned to the club during the summer [Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire]

Zola expects Eddie Howe’s team to provide Chelsea with a tough test at Stamford Bridge but believes the hosts can feel confident of reaching the semi-finals.

“We know Bournemouth are a dangerous team. They have gone far, they keep improving because they have a very good coach and are a good team,” he said.

“So we know that the game will have a lot of difficulties but also, with all respect, we know our potential and we are getting better.

“We’ve had our bad spell but we’re coming stronger from that and are approaching the game with a lot of confidence.”