Maurizio Sarri
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Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik has sung the praises of former manager Maurizio Sarri.

Hamsik was tentatively linked with a move to Stamford Bridge amid rumours that Sarri was set to take charge at Stamford Bridge. Virtually the entire Napoli squad were, but talk of a non-belligerence agreement put an end to the speculation.

Hamsik remains a Napoli player, with Sarri taking the reins at Chelsea. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at the Stadio San Paolo. Sarri is now merely a figure of history in Naples. That hasn’t wiped the influence he had from the minds of his players, however.

Sarri had an overwhelmingly positive impact on all of his Napoli squad. Hamsik in particular, who was already considered one of the best midfielders in Serie A prior to the Italian’s appointment, stepped up a level under his stewardship.

Hamsik is now quoted by Goal hailing Sarri and discussing his obsession with the game:

“Sarri is a man who belongs on the field, he lived the game 24-7. He was a sick man. He was obsessed with football and never even let the slightest detail get by him.”

“What has improved me the most, has made me evolve technically and tactically, is Mr. Sarri.”

Everyone who has worked with Sarri has good words to say about him. Everyone except the bitter Aurelio De Laurentiis, that is.

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