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Saturday 24 August 2019

Sarri admits he misses his home in Italy

Maurizio Sarri
Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri admitted he misses Italy amid growing reports he is hoping to leave Chelsea to become Juventus boss.

In an interview with the Italian edition of Vanity Fair magazine, the Blues boss revealed his longing to return home in comments that will strengthen speculation that he is to join the Serie A champions.

Sarri secured Champions League qualification by finishing third in the Premier League and then won the Europa League, yet it has been a difficult debut season that has seen his methods criticised.

Juventus are looking for a successor to Massimiliano Allegri and it has been claimed that Sarri held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia during which he said he wanted to return to Italy.

"For us Italians the call of home is strong," Sarri said. "I feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends and elderly parents I rarely see.

"But at my age, I only make professional choices. I won't be able to work for 20 years. It's hard work, the bench. When I return home to Tuscany I feel like a stranger. I have slept 30 nights there in the last few years."

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