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Chelsea get closer and closer to signing Antonio Conte’s replacement

The links that are relating Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to the Chelsea job are rising by the minute as the Napoli board blasted the Italian regarding his team selection.

Napoli was on the brink of winning their first Scudetto ever since 1990 after Kalidou Koulibaly scored a late winner against leaders Juventus cutting the gap to just a point between the two sides. However, the Naples lost 3-0 against Fiorentina and literally threw away their once chance of winning the Serie A. And the Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has openly criticized Sarri for his lack of squad rotation toward the latter part of the campaign.

The Open Letter That Criticized Sarri-

Laurentiis earlier slated Sarri’s work for not winning trophies from a report by Football Italia constantly adding the problems of rotating players, “What I do believe is that at the start of the season we had to begin training early because we were in the Champions League preliminary round and we just ran out of fuel. It’s inevitable unless of course, you use all the players that you have in the squad…See, we could’ve had a breather at certain moments of the season, to better prepare the sprint finish.

But if we always use the same players…Basically, if we hadn’t had injuries like the one to Faouzi Ghoulam, we’d never have discovered Mario Rui who, apart from the catastrophic errors against Roma, has been very good. But if you always use the same players…”

Chelsea has also struggled for anything this season as they sit fifth in the Premier League and will be ineligible for the Champions League next term. And the Blues have already decided to replace Antonio Conte and lined up a number of managers to take over from the Italian boss. And Sarri is one of the prime candidates to succeed Conte at Stamford Bridge. Especially after being insulted by the Napoli transfer board.

Chelsea is willing to pay Sarri’s release clause which is valued at around £8 million and could also offer him a pay-hike as Sarri currently takes home £4.5 million per year.

Author’s Take-

It’s really unfair of the board to criticize Sarri so much after he has given them so much of joy and beautiful football this season. With such a low budget, Sarri has done a tremendous job at Napoli and I’d like to see him at Chelsea.

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