It’s been a long and brutal season for some key figures in the Premier League. One of those who has taken a particular battering from the media is Maurizio Sarri. The Italian has certainly had his low points, but after getting to two cup finals and finishing 3rd it’s ended in success, which would be apt if he is to leave after just 12 months in charge.
The rumours of a Sarri exit refuse to go away, with the latest update from Sky Sports claiming the manager expects Chelsea to release him from his contract to take up the vacant Juventus job.
However, one of Sarri’s most trusted players, who followed him from Naples to London last summer, has warned his manager of ‘betrayal’ if he takes the Juve job.
What did they say?
Jorginho has certainly not minced his words here. None of his comments have been lost in translation as his strong message for Sarri has been well received. Whilst speaking in a press conference ahead of Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Greece, comments via The Metro, he claimed that: “It was a great season, and I’d hate to see him [Sarri] go. The Napoli fans still have him in their hearts, it’s normal that they can get angry.”
He then followed up by saying: “They’re [Napoli fans] passionate, they can give you everything. They could treat it as a betrayal, they’re like that. We’ll see what happens.”
So it seems obvious that Jorginho won’t be too happy should Sarri leave Chelsea, although it remains unclear if he’d be more annoyed by Sarri leaving Chelsea or by the Europa League-winning coach joining Juventus.
Stamford Bridge stay
It may have been tough for Sarri for last patches of this season, but he’s not the only one to have come under fire for his performances. Jorginho is the player who has taken most of the flack out of the Chelsea squad for his part in the Blues’ rough patches, yet he seems to have no issues with staying on at Stamford Bridge beyond this summer, and as far as he’s concerned his gaffer should stick it out too.
We can’t help but echo that statement. Sarri may have had a hell of a time during the League Cup final when he infamously clashed with Kepa Arizzabalaga at Wembley, and with that coming so soon after their 6-0 drumming at The Etihad, it’s been tough. However, things have improved since then and with a 3rd place finish and a European trophy, what more can Sarri or the club ask for?
If he is to leave the club and walk away then you can’t blame Jorginho for being unhappy about it. He followed his manager from Napoli to Chelsea to star in his system, so after what might have been a tough 12 months of bedding in for the Italian pair, they should be prepared to give it one more season in the Premier League and have a go at claiming some more silverware.