Maurizio Sarri must “speak with Chelsea” before deciding on his future amid Juventus links, but said the Europa League Final isn’t as important as a Serie B game.
He held a Press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League Final against Arsenal in Baku and naturally was asked about his future.
“I want to think only of the Final. I have a contract with Chelsea for another two years. First of all, I will speak with Chelsea. This is not the moment. As you know very well, our feeling is that we want to win. We want to win.”
Sarri was asked specifically about the Juventus rumours and his role as favourite to replace Max Allegri.
“You know very well my opinion. My opinion is the same as the last Press conference. I need to speak only about the Final and my players.
“We had a wonderful season. Last year Chelsea didn’t get into the Champions League and this time they did. We played in the Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City and only lost on penalties to probably the best team in Europe right now.
“Tomorrow we play the Europa League Final. If we win the Final, that’d make it an even more special season. At the beginning of the season it was very difficult to understand my players and their mentality. After a difficult January, they started to change in February.
“At this moment, I love my players. I have 22-23 wonderful men and players.”
However, when asked if this was the most important match of his career, Sarri harked back to his time at Empoli.
"This match for the media is probably the most important of my life, but maybe not for me. I don't know. For me, there may have been a more important match in Serie B. Ask me again tomorrow.”