Wednesday 20 March 2019

Milinkovic-Savic deals blow to Sarri ahead of Aviva date with Arsenal

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has dealt a blow to new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri by reiterating his commitment to Lazio.

After a stellar 2017/18 season with the Serie A side, Milinkovic-Savic has caught the attention of a number of clubs on the continent, including Chelsea - who face Arsenal at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin this evening in a pre-season International Champions Cup clash.

There was a belief by those close to the player that he would favour a switch to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea closely monitoring the Serbian's situation.

But the midfielder's latest comments, made in pre-season, have poured cold water on recent speculation of a Chelsea transfer.

When asked about his future by fans outside the facility Milinkovic-Savic responded: "Of course I'm staying, do you not see that I'm here?"

Lazio are keen to keep hold of the talismanic midfielder, who could command a huge transfer fee in the market.

Milinkovic-Savic has been valued at around £89m, with manager Simone Inzaghi recently confirming his belief that the player is worth such a figure. "There are many voices around Milinkovic-Savic, he can change the games alone," Inzaghi said recently.

Meanwhile, Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe is targeting Premier League football after signing a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium.

The 18-year-old England youth midfielder has been one of the highlights of pre-season for the Gunners as they head into the new campaign under new head coach Unai Emery.

He scored a memorable equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid and also looked at home as Emery's side thrashed an inexperienced Paris St Germain 5-1.

He could now feature against Chelsea this evening in Arsenal's third and final International Champions Cup match.


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