Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted the ‘call’ to return to Italy is ‘strong’ amid reports linking him with a move to Juventus.
Sarri joined Chelsea from Napoli last summer and guided the club to third in the Premier League, as well as winning last week’s Europa League final against Arsenal.
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- Sarri arrived at Chelsea from Napoli last summer.
- Since then, he has won 39 of his 63 games in charge (61.90%).
- That form helped Chelsea to third in the Premier League and a Europa League win.
- But with fans still not convinced, he is being linked with a switch to Juventus.
- Sarri has now admitted he has missed Italy since moving to England.
However, the 60-year-old has still come under fire from sections of the Chelsea support, with his supposed ‘Sarri-ball’ methods not sitting well with the Stamford Bridge faithful.
And now, amid increasing speculation that he is set to join Juventus, Sarri has admitted he misses his homeland.
“For us Italians the call of home is strong,” Sarri told Vanity Fair.
“I feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends and elderly parents I rarely see.
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“But at my age, I only make professional choices. I won’t be able to work for 20 years. It’s hard work, the bench.”
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has warned Sarri that joining one of Napoli’s arch-rivals could be seen as a ‘betrayal’ among his former club’s support, but the Italian tactician doesn’t believe his relationship with the Neapolitans would suffer.
“The Neapolitans know the love I feel for them. I chose to move abroad last year and not to go on an Italian team,” he added, having managed Napoli from 2015 to 2018.
“The relationship will not change. Loyalty is giving 110% when you are there. What does it mean to be faithful?”