While Maurizio Sarri should be focusing on Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku next week, the Italian’s future at Stamford Bridge still remains up in the air.
With it being heavily reported that the he is one of Juventus’ leading candidates to replace Max Allegri in Turin, The Telegraph have gone as far to suggest that the Blues will not stand in the way of Sarri leaving West London, as long as they pay £5million in compensation.
Although the 60-year-old has urged the Chelsea hierarchy to make a speedy decision over his future, the Premier League outfit will not make an official decision over his future until after the Europa League final.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) May 21, 2019
While many around Stamford Bridge have been vocal about Sarri’s tactics this season, the former Napoli boss helped Chelsea secure a top-four return and also guided them to a Europa League final in Azerbaijan next week.
Despite being heavily criticised during his debut season in the Premier League, Sarri’s performance this year have not gone unnoticed by the defending Serie A champions.
Although Max Allegri has guided Juventus to five consecutive domestic titles, the Italian giants could only reach the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League and the Old Lady have announced that Allegri will be leaving at the end of the season.
Announcing their decision publically over the weekend, Juventus still hold Sarri in high regard following his transformation of Napoli during a three-year stay at the Stadio San Paolo.
While The Daily Mail are reporting that the Italians have made contact with Sarri’s camp, it is also believed that both Mauricio Pochettino and fellow former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte are also options on Juventus’ shortlist.
With Conte thought to have an agreement to join Inter Milan at the end of the season, and Pochettino still having four years remaining on his contract with Champions League finalists Tottenham, Sarri is seen to be the easiest to tempt back to Italy.
Sarri currently has 12 more months remaining on his £5m-a-year contract, which means Chelsea would demand compensation if Juve are to make an official approach.
Even though there still remains plenty of speculation as to whether Sarri will still be at Chelsea past the summer, the 60-year-old has insisted that he is solely focused on the Blues’ Europa League final showdown against Arsenal next week.
Despite his rocky relationship with the Stamford Bridge faithful, it could end with a third-place finish and the Blues’ first European title in five years.
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