“Chelsea have never called” to discuss Maurizio Sarri, assures Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis. “I’d be reasonable, but this is not a club to be pillaged.”
Inevitably, the conversation turned to Sarri, who was sacked to make way for Carlo Ancelotti and yet remains under contract until it can be terminated by mutual consent.
“I never received any calls from Chelsea, even if they are announced via the newspapers. If that were to happen, I would sit politely and listen, reflect and then give the response that was best for Napoli.
“I want to make one thing clear: this is not a club to be pillaged, this is not a club to be underestimated. I am here to discuss and have already said that, if called, I would be reasonable.
“I’ve not spoken to Sarri since then and he never called either. After the final match of the season against Crotone, I waited, but neither he nor his manager Pellegrini made themselves heard.
“I took that into consideration and thought about a phrase my father said: In life you should never let yourself be surprised.
“I don’t reproach Sarri, as if anything I should’ve set the rules and objectives at the start of the season. But being great gentlemen is a characteristic in the behaviour of the De Laurentiis family.”
The situation over Sarri and warning Napoli “will not be pillaged” also acts as a warning to European giants that top players cannot be poached either.
“Kalidou Koulibaly is untouchable, so are Piotr Zielinski and Marko Rog. At times I feel that our players are underestimated, and yet I tell you reporters that top clubs are ready to potentially pay big for them.
“Napoli are a reality on the scene, we too are strong, more than you might think. Those three are untouchable.”