Saturday July 21 2018
‘Sarri wanted to dismantle Napoli’

Aurelio De Laurentis has claimed that new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri ‘wanted to dismantle’ the Napoli squad.

De Laurentiis regularly took digs at Sarri throughout his three-year spell with Napoli, despite the 59-year-old leading the Partenopei to as many top-three finishes, and the Coach drew the ire of his former President once more with his recent remarks.

“I didn’t like it when he said that we both made mistakes, I don’t think I made any, ” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I wasn’t wrong not to challenge him, even if it would’ve been most obvious thing.

“He had a contract, so I could’ve said something because he was acting in an unacceptable manner, going against players he didn’t think were very good.

“These players gave him a lot. He massacred them in his fantastic training sessions, but they always responded well.

“After that, he wanted to take my whole team to England and dismantle it. I had to lay down the law to Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea director].

“He wanted Jorginho and I gave him away after I talked to Ancelotti, who told me he was banking a lot on Diawara and that he wanted to play Hamsik deeper.”

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