Maurizio Sarri has praised also Chelsea star Eden Hazard in his first press conference since being appointed as the new Blues’ manager.
The Italian has admitted he hopes he can “improve him too” at Stamford Bridge despite several reports from Spain believes both Hazard and Thibaut Courtois will be heading to Real Madrid in the next few weeks.
However, Sarri said: “I was not talking about having fun in a press conference, but on the pitch and during the week and want to win matches.
Hazard is a high level player and I think he is one of the top two or three European players. I would like to have fun during the week with him, this would mean good results and being competitive at the end of the season”.
“I hope I will manage to improve him, this is very difficult as he is at a high level”.
Also winger Dries Mertens became crucial in Napoli’s front three as he was transformed into a centre- forward at the age of 30. He managed to score 68 goals from 170 games with the Azzurri.
Sarri added: “With Mertens it is different. Dries had been an external striker, everybody thought by necessity he became a high level player. They are two top players, I hope I will improve Hazard too, but this will be very difficult”.