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Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri could leave the Italian side to head to Stamford Bridge, this is what it emerges after the Tuscan coach revealed that yesterday’s win against Crotone could be his last game in charge at the Azzurri.

A few days ago Sarri met Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to discuss the the coach future and there was optimism on the continuation of their professional relationship, as the Azzurri owner proposed him 4-million-per-year-contract and a 8m release-clause.

But out of the blues, after yesterday’s match, Sarri didn’t seem so sure about his future in Naples: it is believed Chelsea are keeping tracks on Sarri’s situation to propose him a deal if Conte won’t continue in London next year, this could have led the Azzurri coach to change his mind.

De Laurentiis would demand Abramovich to pay his release clause, that will exprire in the end of this month ( after that, a club that would like to appoint Sarri would have to negotiate with Napoli, and it won’t be easy)

“The season finished 20 minutes ago.The truth is as Insigne put it, even I don’t know what I will do,” the Italian coach revealed after the last Serie A game of the season yesterday.

“After the match in Florence, when it became clear we wouldn’t win the League, we gave ourselves this new target of the points record. Right now I am hungry”.

“Tomorrow I will talk to my family before anyone else. That’s what is right at this moment.”

The president needs a response quickly. We are at the end of the season and he needs to plan. I understand that he needs an answer”.

“My only confusion is that in life everything comes to an end. It’s the truth and sometimes it’s better to finish stories while they are good”.

“When I arrived, the team had finished 24 points off the top. Now, we are four points behind. We have not reached the target, but the journey has been fantastic. I need to thank the crowd. Regardless of what I am doing next year, they will always have a place in my heart.”

“Is it a complicated situation, you can’t say that we’ll move forward and try again with this group, because I don’t know whether this group will all be able to stay together. Some of them have release clauses and offers from top teams in the world”.

“I’m not sure if the club will manage to keep all of this group.”

Speaking about the extraordinary season Napoli had, he said:

“The crowd in Naples has been stupendous for the whole year. Even today, 50,000 of them supported us for our points record even though we didn’t win the Scudetto”.

“Since there have been three points for a win, anyone who has ever passed 90 points has always won.

“The team has had an extraordinary season. For three consecutive years we have had club record point hauls. We have always been growing.”

“I don’t think I could go to another Italian team immediately. The memory of Napoli would be too strong.”

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José Mourinho insisted his side was the one who had to lift the FA Cup today.

The Manchester United manager reckons that pundits would have destroyed him if his team had played like Chelsea did today:

“I think we deserved to win, we were the best team but that’s football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can’t imagine what you will say.

“My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything.

“We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don’t have presence so they knew they’d dominate direct football.

“They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn’t touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net.

“I congratulate them.”

 

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José Mourinho was clearly disappointed after his team lost the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Eden Hazard‘s penalty was decisive to bring the trophy to Stamford Bridge

“If we deserved to lose? You have to ask me why I lost…I don’t think my team deserved it, we gave everything…

“I think we missed a bit of luck, sharpness and presence in the box that we couldn’t have without Lukaku and Fellaini.

“We tried everything we could with Martial, Rashford, Pogba, we missed strong players in the area, we needed them against strong players like Bakayoko, Rudiger, Cahill… I’m curious to know what the pundit will say in the next days about this game.”

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José Mourinho has got a message for Chelsea fans ahead of FA Cup final today at Wembley.

The current Manchester United manager was once a hero at Stamford Bridge but since he joined the Old Trafford side he became one of the worst enemies of the Blues fans, who arrived also to brand him as “Judas”.

“If the supporters hate me, dislike me or disrespect me, that’s something I cannot control,” said Mourinho, as per The Mirror.

“The only thing I say in relation to Chelsea supporters is that since my first day in 2004 until my last day when I was sacked a couple of years ago, they were with me unconditionally.

“That I will never forget because they did what I think great supporters do, which is to support their manager unconditionally until the last day.

“They supported me every day. They supported me every match. They supported me even on the days I was sacked, twice.”

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Chelsea hero Roberto Di Matteo is convinced Roman Abramovich should keep faith with Antonio Conte also in the next season.

The manager brought the Champions League to Stamford Bridge on this day in 2011/12 campaign. Di Matteo has no doubt it will be a “fantastic clash” at Wembley with “Mourinho against his past”, as Hernan Crespo told us in mixed zone as well.

 

“Who will win the final? Of course I will cheer for Chelsea, Robbie said to ChelseaNews24 reporter after the legends game at Stamford Bridge last night “But I am sure it will be a great game, the two clubs have got a great history in this competition.

“It will  be a great game, Wembley is always a wonderful stadium where they play big matches, I hope Chelsea will win.

“I say, again, that would be fair to continue with Antonio [Conte] for the stability of the club and also because he gave a good foundation to the team and the club itself.”

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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas reveals he’s got huge respect for José Mourinho, actually, he really loves the current Manchester United manager.

Mourinho was the one who brought the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge in summer 2014 and Fabregas won’t ever forget that:

“I love him,” the former Arsenal and Barcelona player said.

“I owe him a lot because he brought me here and I will always remember that. 

“Arsene [Wenger] always treated me like a son and it was amazing but the closest anyone else has been to him was Jose. 

“The way he treated me, the way he made me feel, how he let me be a leader of the Chelsea team from day one and believed in me, this was fantastic and will always stay with me. 

“It [this experience at Chelsea] is thanks to him. Our history, what had happened between us before I came, made it even more remarkable. 

“When I played for Arsenal, he was with Chelsea. When I was at Barcelona, he was with Real Madrid. We were confronting each other but then we humbled ourselves and started a good relationship.”

Speaking about his second spell at Barcelona between 2011 and 2014, he said:

“I was happy at Barcelona but there were players who were there for many years before me and the fans had them in their heart. 

“For me, it was different because I left and came back, they paid money for me. It is more difficult. I never had the same love that the other players had. That’s also because they were such fantastic players. 

“When Mourinho brought me to Chelsea, he brought back a lot of energy and fire inside of me. It was a fantastic year with him to be honest.” 

Speaking about Mourinho tactics for the FA Cup final, that some Chelsea players might know really well, Fabregas said:

“We have played a few games against them and he has changed the system many times. 

“I am sure he will change something again on Saturday. You can expect that, for sure. Mourinho prepares for finals very, very well. 

“This year at Manchester United we played well, went 1-0 up, could have had more and in one moment they scored. In the second half, it was not good and we tried to change things around but maybe it was a little bit too late.”

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Former Chelsea head coach Roberto Di Matteo told SkySports Antonio Conte could be “the long-term manager” at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian said: “It’s great, I think it’s good [if Conte is still in charge],” 

“I hope Conte can stay on as well, I hope he stays. I hope he’s going to be the long-term manager at the club. So I think it’s the way forward. But I don’t know really, this is just my opinion.”

Di Matteo, who previously played for Chelsea as a player, won both FA Cup and Blues’ first UEFA Champions League in 2011/12 campaign.

 

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SkySports reported this morning Chelsea are considering to make a move for current Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino if Antonio Conte leaves his managerial role this summer.

 

SkySports believes three main candidates to take the reins at Stamford Bridge are Luis Enrique, Napoli head-coach Maurizio Sarri as well as Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine’s contract with Spurs runs until June 2021.

 

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REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - AUGUST 23: SSC Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and SSC Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri look on before the Serie A match between US Sassuolo Calcio and SSC Napoli at Mapei Stadium - Città del Tricolore on August 23, 2015 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy.

Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea, a story that could begin at the end of this campaign, but only at one condition: Roman Abramovich will have to pay the Italian coach release clause to appoint him.

In fact, according to our sources close to SS Napoli, the Italian side will let the manager who led them to almost win the Scudetto this season go only if the club that would like to sign him will pay the € 8m ( £ 6.5m ) release clause.

This clause, anyway, is valid only until the end of this month, after that the destiny of Sarri will completely be in the hands of Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, that last week revealed he is going to meet the former Empoli boss in the next days to speak about his future.

Should Sarri force his way out of Napoli after the end of May, when the clause won’t be no longer valid, he would have to negotiate his exit with his current club: De Laurentiis, who’s got a strong personality and pride, could even choose to keep him under contract without giving him the responsibility of the first team, our sources revealed.

That’s why De Laurentiis and Sarri are going to try to find a friendly solution about their future during the meeting they will have this week, with the manager who could eventually decide also to remain at Napoli.

What is certain, it’s that Napoli demands the release clause to be paid to let him go.

Meanwhile, Chelsea would have to find a mean to part ways with Antonio Conte, that has still got a year of contract at Stamford Bridge.

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While Antonio Conte keeps saying he is focused on his present and the Fa Cup final, pundit Jamie Redknapp believes the Italian manager won’t be at Stamford Bridge at the beginning of next season.

For Conte, I’d be amazed if we see him on the touchline at Chelsea from next season”. Redknapp said. “I think he looks like he wants to get away now.”

The former Liverpool player claims today, during the game vs Newcastle, Conte himself sent clear “signals” he doesn’t want to be Chelsea manager anymore: “Normally you see him on the touchline leading from the front,” Redknapp explained. “He’s the one that signals all the pressing actions you want to get from a manager. But you can see now, even he looks like a beaten man. It certainly doesn’t mean he’s a bad manager if it doesn’t work out here because managers seem to have one or two years, they come in, instant impact then they go. Someone else comes along, they get success – that’s Chelsea’s model if you like. It works for them, it won’t work for others”.

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