Sarri Faces Chelsea talks
Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri faces talks with the club hierarchy at the end of the current campaign but has said that if his future at the club depends on the outcome of next week’s Europa League final, he would want to leave immediately.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Sarri said that he was very happy to be in the Premier League and that he was fully focused on the final in Baku against Arsenal on 29 May. However, in response to the suggestion that his future at the club depended on success in that game, he said that if that was the scenario, he wouldn’t see a future at the club.
"If the situation is like that I want to go immediately because you cannot after ten months of work have to play everything in ninety minutes. You are either happy with my work or not happy," he said.
Sarri took over at Chelsea last summer, having earned widespread praise for his work with Napoli. He has steered the Blues to a third-place finish in the Premier League with 72 points, although they were a long way behind winners Manchester City, who finished with 98 points. Sarri has another two years left on his contract, and there have been rumours linking him with the job at Serie A giants Juventus, after their manager Massimiliano Allegri said that he would be leaving the club.
He has also been on the receiving end of criticism from a section of Chelsea supporters, who have not appreciated his style of play, but in his comments to the press, he said that in his opinion, the style of football he produces is similar to that of Manchester City and that he had no doubt that his philosophy of the game could be successfully applied in England.
Chelsea is slight favourites with sports betting companies for the final next week, but it will be without a couple of key players. Young star Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, is injured and will miss the final, along with England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon and could be out for six months.
Many Chelsea and Arsenal supporters have experienced travel problems ahead of the final, and Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling to the game because of security fears.
Words: Josh Dixon