- Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli are the league leaders in Serie A, one point ahead of Juventus
- Sarri reportedly has a reasonable €8m release clause and would be a suitable manager for Chelsea
- Antonio Conte’s future at the Blues continues to be in the spotlight
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Maurizio Sarri is deservedly regarded as one of the best coaches in modern day football.
Since earning promotion with Empoli to Serie A in 2013, Sarri has propelled himself to new heights in Italy and now the world.
After surviving the drop back to the second-tier of Italian football with Empoli, Sarri landed the position of Napoli manager. This role would be the platform in which the 59-year-old could compete with the very best in the game.
With a squad that possesses the likes of Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Kalidou Kouliably, Sarri has brought the very best out of his players.
Napoli are by no means regarded as one of Europe’s elite. This is mainly due to lack of recent silverware and financial muscle. Perhaps this was the main reason why Gonzalo Higuain made the move from the coast of Naples to the city of Turin, Juventus to be precise.
Sarri’s philosophy has driven his club into playing a high-pressing yet expansive style of football. This has drawn comparisons to Pep Guardiola’s system that revolutionized the game, especially during his Barcelona reign.
Aurelio De Laurentiis, president of Napoli, spoke highly of Sarri and made his €8m release clause no secret, as calciomercato.com reports.
De Laurentiis is quoted by calciomercato.com revealing that he hopes Sarri will opt to stay put in Naples:
“I’d be really sorry if he’d leave at the end of the season. I can’t force him to stay at Napoli, he has a release clause and we have to accept this.
“I’d really like to cancel his release clause in the future.”
With a dark cloud over the future of Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Sarri would be a coup with his reasonable release clause.
Despite free agents like former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique available, Sarri’s continuation in football management may help him in taking charge of the Blues.
On the back of a potential Serie A title, the Italian must be an option for the champions to consider if we part ways with Conte.