Gianluca Vialli given all clear from cancer after 17 months of treatment

Chelsea hero Gianluca Vialli has revealed that he has recovered from pancreatic cancer after undergoing a gruelling 17 months of chemotherapy.

Vialli – who joined the Blues in 1996 and became player-manager two years later – has told of his relief to have been given the all clear after tests did not detect any further sign of the illness.

In an interview with Italian outlet La Repubblica Vialli, who also managed Watford for one season, said he felt lucky compared to those who are currently being affected by the coronavirus crisis.

"I am fine," Vialli said. "In December I finished 17 months of chemotherapy, one cycle of eight months and another of nine. It was difficult, even for someone as tough as me, both physically and mentally.

"The tests showed no sign of the illness. I am happy, even if I say that under my breath to be on the safe side.

"Regaining my health means seeing myself in the mirror again, seeing the hair grow, not having to draw eyebrows on with a pencil. In that respect, I feel very fortunate compared to many others.

"I think of those brought to hospital and forced to die alone, their relatives not allowed near in case of contagion, funerals that could not be celebrated. It's terrible. This crisis will leave enormous scars on the country; emotional, moral and economic scars."

Vialli sent some words of positivity amid the spread of the global pandemic, and said people must be focused on a bright future once it has finished.

The 55-year-old added: "You fight the fear of dying by thinking of your desires, concentrating on what you really love and how much we want all those good things to return.

"In this enormous silence that surrounds us during the lockdown, there is almost a Zen atmosphere.

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