Gianluca Vialli condition 'has worsened' as he continues cancer fight

Gianluca Vialli’s ‘condition has worsened’ as the former Italy star continues his second cancer battle in a London hospital, with ‘his mother and brother rushing over from Italy to be by his side’

  • Gianluca Vialli is continuing his battle against pancreatic cancer in London
  • The former Chelsea and Italy striker was diagnosed with cancer again in 2021
  • He had previously overcome the disease after first being diagnosed in 2017
  • But after the cancer returned, Vialli stepped down as a coach for Italy last week 
  • But reports in Italy claim Vialli’s condition has since worsened while in hospital 

Gianluca Vialli’s mother rushed over to London to visit her son in hospital after the former Chelsea and Italy striker’s condition worsened this week, according to reports in Italy.

Vialli, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer for a second time in 2021, announced last week that he is leaving his role as a coach for Italy’s national team to focus on his latest battle with the disease.

And according to Italian publication Corriere Della Serra, the 58-year-old’s condition has worsened in recent days, meaning his mother, Maria Teresa, and brother Nino flew over from Italy to be by his side in London before returning home on Tuesday.

Gianluca Vialli’s mother has rushed over to London to visit him in hospital amid his cancer fight

Vialli is unable to join them back in Cremona for Christmas as he continues his fight against pancreatic cancer, which he was first diagnosed with in 2017.

He successfully overcame the disease in November 2018, before receiving the all-clear 18 months later.

However, after playing a key role in Italy’s triumph at Euro 2020 last year as a member of Roberto Mancini’s backroom staff, Vialli was told shortly after that the cancer had returned.

Vialli has left Roberto Mancini’s backroom staff at Italy to focus on beating cancer again

 Vialli was a key figure in Italy’s run to winning Euro 2020, but now must focus on his health

The ex-Italy international therefore decided to step down as a coach for his country and instead focus his entire efforts on beating it again, and he has returned to the same London hospital where he previously underwent chemotherapy to do so.

Tributes flooded in for Vialli when his decision to leave the Azzurri coaching setup was confirmed last week, including from ex-Chelsea captain John Terry.

Terry, who was given his debut for the Blues by former player-manager Vialli, posted a photo of his old gaffer on Twitter and wrote: ‘Sending my Love and Best Wishes to Gianluca Vialli.

‘The man that gave me my debut and believed in me.’

John Terry sent a message of support to his old Chelsea boss after he left Italy’s coaching team

Vialli also received a touching letter from his old Italy team-mate Antonio Cabrini, who urged him not to give up in his second fight against cancer.

‘Dear Gianluca,’ Cabrini’s letter said, ‘when I read in the newspaper that you gave up your role as head of delegation of the [national team] my heart sank. 

‘Knowing your extraordinary attachment to the Maglia Azzurra [blue jersey], I understood that such a step on your part can only have one meaning: the game you are playing is taking a lot of effort! The opponent, what you call “the unwanted travel companion”, is playing dirty, like a defender who sinks the tackle, not to win the ball, but to hurt the opponent. 

‘And so I, as your companion-friend, am writing to give you courage’.

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