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For us Italians the call of home is strong—Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says “it’s been a heavy year” for his first season in England.

The former Napoli manager who has, in recent weeks been linked with a return to his home country to join Juventus has had his future at Stamford Bridge debated.

The 60-year-old guided the Blues to a third-place finish in the Premier League, to the Carabao Cup final in which he lost to eventual champions Manchester City and won the Europa League trophy after beating up against Arsenal 4-1 in the final on 29 May.

“For us Italians the call of home is strong,” Maurizio Sarri told Vanity Fair.

“I feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends and elderly parents I rarely see.

“But at my age, I only make professional choices. I won’t be able to work for 20 years. It’s hard work, the bench.”

The Italian also adds that his relationship with the Napoli fans will not change even if he joins a rival club in his home country.

“The Neapolitans know the love I feel for them. I chose to move abroad last year and not to go on an Italian team,” he said, having managed them from 2015 to 2018.

“The relationship will not change. Loyalty is giving 110% when you are there. What does it mean to be faithful?”

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