Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has sent a farewell message to Napoli, the first top-flight football club he managed in Italy before leaving for the English Premier League following his appointment on 14 July, 2018.
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Sarri, 59, granted an interview to Italian paper Il Mattino on Sunday, describing the decision to join Chelsea as “an important step” in his football coaching career.
His words: ‘Chelsea? I’d be damned if I had rejected the offer…Honestly, I love it when they call me Commander at Stamford Bridge. It adds weight on my shoulders.’
About his cordial relationship with Napoli fans, Sarri said he still holds them very close to heart.
‘They [Napoli fans] will never forget my accomplishments in Naples,’ he said.
The Italian tactician explained that his father played an important role in the final decision to leave Serie A for EPL.
‘When my dad learned of the offer from Chelsea, he asked me to take it,’ Sarri continued. ‘He also advised that I quit smoking when in England. That man—he’s the only one who can make me change my ideas even only for a minute.’
Sarri got emotional when asked about his players in Napoli. The Naples-born coach noted that his move to Chelsea happened so fast that there was no chance for a send-forth party.
‘I didn’t get a chance to bid farewell to my players,’ he said, adding that the interview with Il Mattino would be a good platform to send his belated message.
His words: ‘Here is what I want to say: You are all great. Keep it going because you can achieve the ultimate dream. You have the talent….’
Sarri’s current job at Stamford Bridge was announced barely 24 hours after former coach, Antonio Conte, fell out with Chelsea owners. Few days after his arrival in England, the former Napoli coach got his first Premier League win in a 3-0 drubbing of Huddersfield Town.