Sarri wants Italy return after 'heavy' year in England

Sarri wants Italy return after 'heavy' year in England

The Italian admits he has a hard debut season at Chelsea, in which he has been criticised by fans for his so called "Sarri-ball", despite guiding them to Europa League triumph - his first title as a manager.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and Massimiliano Allegri have also been linked to the job but the departing Juventus boss is keen on taking a year out of the game and would need some serious convincing to join Chelsea. It has been a heavy year. The 60-year-old has a release clause of more than £5million, but Juve are loathed to pay in full - especially as Chelsea were already considering his future.

Chelsea has accepted a $112 million bid from Real Madrid for superstar Eden Hazard. "But at my age I only make professional choices", said Sarri. "I chose to move overseas past year and not to go to an Italian team".

"The relationship will not change". Loyalty is giving 110 per cent when you are there.

"What does it mean to be faithful?"

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"If Sarri went to Juve for us Neapolitans it would surely be a betrayal", Insigne told a press conference with the Italian national team at Coverciano near Florence.

Insigne, 28, has represented Napoli for his whole career and played some of his best football under Sarri. He gave us everything.

Under new coach Carlo Ancelotti the club once again finished runners-up behind Juventus, with their last Serie A title coming back in 1990.

Blues director Marina Granovskaia now leads the search for Sarri's successor on behalf of the club's owner Roman Abramovich, a similar process she undertook last summer when Antonio Conte left Stamford Bridge.

Italy are training before upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina.