Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli has announced he’s battling cancer for a second time at the age of 57.
The Italian, who previously played for and managed the Blues, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017.
Vialli was given the all clear in April 2020 after undergoing months of chemotherapy and has most recently been playing an active role as a member of Roberto Mancini’s staff with Italy, helping them win the European Championships earlier this summer.
But the former striker, who won the FA Cup and League Cup with Chelsea, has now sadly revealed his cancer has returned.
Speaking at a London book launch, he said: ‘I feel good, but my journey is not yet complete.
‘The unwanted guest, as I call it, is still here with me. At this moment I am in maintenance mode.
‘The tumour is still there. At times it is more noticeable, at others less so.
‘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.
‘I take that strength from my family, friends, and all those who give me such courage. I can’t thank them enough.’
Vialli lost his hair, beard and eyebrows as a result of his treatment several years ago and also lost two-and-a-half stone during his initial fight.
He credits his wife Cathryn and teenage daughters Olivia and Sofia for being there to support him during a difficult period of his life.
‘My daughters helped [draw my eyebrows back on],’ he said in an interview last year.
‘And I got my wife advising which [make-up] looks better.
‘We laughed. You have to laugh. You need to find the funny side if you can.
‘Nobody wants something like this but when it does [happen], you have to look at it as an opportunity to get to know yourself better — the way you were, the way you are and how you want to be in the future.
‘It’s inevitable that you find out about your true self. There was so much I realised I had to work on, to try to improve.’
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