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Maurizio Sarri: Leaving Chelsea would not make me a traitor

By William Eldridge

Published: 18:35, 7 June 2019

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has insisted that he would not be a “traitor” if he returned to Italy to manage Juventus despite his Napoli past. 

The 60-year-old has been heavily linked with the vacant managerial position at Serie A giants Juventus following the departure of experienced coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Will Sarri leave Chelsea for Juventus? Five things you need to know…

  1. Maurizio Sarri took over Napoli in 2015 and went on to manage 148 games for them.
  2. In that time, Napoli finished second twice and third once as they couldn’t best Juventus who won the title each season with Sarri in charge.
  3. Sarri moved to England in 2018 and currently has a 61.9% win rate for Chelsea across all competitions.
  4. Potentially, the Italian’s last game in charge could be the Europa League triumph over Arsenal.
  5. Reports suggest Sarri will leave the club this week.

Despite only moving to England last summer to take over from fellow Italian Antonio Conte at west London club Chelsea, Sarri’s short stint in the Premier League seems to be over despite completing a fairly decent first season at the club.

Chelsea finished ‘best of the rest’ in the Premier League, finishing third while also reaching two cup finals in 2019. After losing to Manchester City on penalties in the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium, Sarri’s squad went one better in the Europa League, defeating fellow English side Arsenal 4-1 in the final in Azerbaijian.

However, that doesn’t seem to be enough to keep Sarri in charge with the former Napoli man linked with a move to Juventus this summer. This has prompted reporters to question Sarri’s decision to potentially swap one Italian giant for another, albeit via a stint in England.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, who also played under Sarri at Napoli, recently admitted the Partenopei’s fans would consider a move to Juventus as “betrayal“.

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SBut arri has hit back at those who asked if he would be a traitor for joining Juventus, telling reporters: “Who is a traitor? Someone who backs out.

“It’s someone who gives precedence to individual objectives over collective ones.

“Therefore I prefer the front of a jersey, where the badge of a club lies. Behind it is the name of a player: that side interests me less.

“Kissing the shirt? Why deprive yourself of an act of love, in anticipation of what will happen perhaps 10 years later?

“Many players have switched Milan clubs. It would be better not to do it directly, but over the course of a career it can happen.”