CHELSEA legend Gianluca Vialli has stepped down from his role with the Italian national team in order to focus on a battle with cancer.
Vialli, 58, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 before being given the all-clear in November 2018.
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However, it returned in 2021, and he has now confirmed he will be stepping back from all “professional commitments.”
He said: “At the end of a long and difficult ‘negotiation’ with my wonderful team of oncologists I have decided to suspend, I hope temporarily, my present and future professional commitments.
“The goal is to use all the psycho-physical energies to help my body overcome this phase of the disease, so that I will be able as soon as possible to face new adventures and share them with all of you.”
Vialli was a key part of Roberto Mancini’s coaching staff on their way to winning the European Championships in 2021.
Speaking about return of his cancer last year, Vialli struck a defiant tone and declared he was determined to stay in the Italy set up.
He said: “I will keep fighting, because I want to be here for many more years. I want you to have to put up with me for a long time to come.”
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