Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi has admitted that he would “consider an offer” from a big club but insisted that he enjoys life at the MAPEI Stadium.
The Neroverdi are currently 11th in Serie A and won three of their last four games in the League before the suspension of games.
De Zerbi has been praised for the job he has done at Sassuolo, but the 40-year-old from Brescia has yet to extend his current deal expiring this summer and revealed that he would evaluate his options if a bigger side made an offer.
“The contract is never of great interest to me,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “But if you don’t have a contract when you have to make plans, it’s clear that other scenarios can come up.
“I work as if I had a 10-year-long deal. In two years, the players have developed. The team are strong and could become even stronger. Then you have to look at the club’s plans.
“If I get an offer from one of the big clubs, I will consider it and check if there are the conditions to work well.
“I am ambitious but not a careerist. I was ready two years ago. But it’s also true that I have a lot of fun training these players here.”
After the Coronavirus outbreak, De Zerbi has been separated from his family. He followed the guidelines from the government and stayed with Sassuolo, despite his family living in Brescia.
“I stayed with the team in Sassuolo, where I worked, as indicated by the club and the government,” De Zerbi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “My wife and children are in Brescia. The day is just a long video call.
“And I’m concerned about my parents, who are also in Brescia. I have friends who have mourned. Brescia is a proud, strong city that doesn’t flaunt pain. I have never as patriotic as today.”
Former owner Giorgio Squinzi passed away at the age of 76 last year and De Zerbi admits that he hasn’t talked to anyone about the future project at the MAPEI Stadium since Squinzi and his wife passed.
“I was always struck by his ambition,” De Zerbi said. “He told me: ‘Coach, we need to get to the Champions League.
“This was because he was very ambitious, but not presumptuous, a visionary. The future depends on the programmes. Since the Squinzi couple died, I haven’t talked to anyone about future projects.”
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