Napoli chief Aurelio de Laurentis has been hurling insults towards Sarri who seems to be least bothered by them, he’s made a claim about the Chelsea boss yet again!
Napoli sacked Maurizio Sarri after the 2017/18 campaign due to the Chelsea manager’s failure in winning the Serie A. The Italian moved on and took over the reign at the Stamford Bridge, where Antonio Conte was relieved of his duties as well. But since the 59 year old’s departure to England, Napoli chief Aurelio de Laurentis has kept aiming hapless digs at the manager. Once again, he took time to hit out on Sarri claiming that he was motivated only by money.
“Sarri? I thought I had met a coach who would stay at Napoli for a long time. At a certain point it became a question linked exclusively to money,” De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport. “Suddenly, it was established by the media that his contract must be adjusted. So what is the value of an agreement just signed? We had already gone from 700 thousand euros to a million and a half.
I also once heard him say that for his next contract, he wanted to get rich. Sarri’s declarations of love for the city? I believed it, but then I wondered: ‘What if he was using me as a bank?'”
After slating Maurizio Sarri for an innumerable time, Aurelio praised newly appointed boss Carlo Ancelotti who has done pretty well in Naples so far, the most recent of a few good results being a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League last week. “Ancelotti was a date written in the football universe as if fate had decided it,” De Laurentiis added. “It took five minutes to get an agreement. The quickest negotiation of my fifteen years of football.”
It does not look like de Laurentis’ words about Sarri will have even a little impact on the Chelsea boss. But it would be nice to see his response the next time he faces the media. Chelsea are currently joint toppers of the Premier League and Sarri’s tactics have paid off significantly.