Chelsea midfielder Jorginho believes Maurizio Sarri’s proposed move to Juventus could be seen as a “betrayal” in the eyes of Napoli supporters.
Sarri is reported to have travelled back to his native Italy to negotiate a deal with the Old Lady to succeed Massimiliano Allegri as head coach.
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- Sarri endured a difficult maiden campaign in west London despite winning the Europa League.
- The Italian coach was criticised at various points across the season for his style of play, lack of rotation and use of N’Golo Kante.
- Despite this, the Blues finished 2018/19 with a Europa League title and a third-place Premier League finish.
- As such, Juve have reportedly identified Sarri as the ideal replacement for the outgoing Allegri.
- However, former Napoli midfielder Jorginho has warned Sarri that should a move materialise it would likely represent a huge “betrayal” for fans of the Parthenopeans.
The Turin club have been actively seeking a manager to fill the void of Allegri, who announced his decision to step down as Juve manager last month.
Sarri guided the Stamford Bridge club to a Europa League triumph and a third-place league finish, but the Italian encountered plenty of problems along the way.
The 60-year-old could now be set to leave despite a strong end to the season, and so, should he pitch up at the Serie A champions, Jorginho believes Napoli fans wouldn’t take too kindly to their former manager’s decision.
Speaking at a press conference for Italy’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifier against Greece, Jorginho said: “It would be sad because I think [Sarri] did a good job.
“We finished third in the Premier League, we won the Europa League and we reached the EFL Cup Final despite all the critics.
“It was a good first season in Chelsea. It would be sad for everyone.
“The Napoli fans still have him in their hearts; it’s normal that they could get angry. They could treat it as a betrayal; they’re like that. We’ll see what happens.”
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“He has to stay at Chelsea” – Emerson
Jorginho isn’t the only Chelsea player keen to see Sarri remain at the helm in the capital, with Italy teammate Emerson Palmieri also expressing his thoughts on his manager’s future.
The 24-year-old barely got a sniff in the Premier League, mainly featuring in cup competitions, but he was nevertheless adamant that the Italian must stay at the club, despite acknowledging the season wasn’t all smooth sailing.
He said: “It’s difficult to talk about that. I think he had – and we had – a good season.
“It’s not been easy, but he has to stay at Chelsea. Never say never in football, though. We have to keep on doing our job.”