Napoli boss and Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri has suggested that he could leave Napoli in the summer, whilst confirming the existence of an €8million release clause in his contract. It is now no news that the Italian manager has been repeatedly linked with a possible move to Chelsea to replace Conte who may be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.
Sarri has transformed Napoli into one of the best sides to watch in Europe, and they have given Juventus a good fight for the Serie A title this season, although they finally fell short in that regard after drawing 2:2 at home to Torino, effectively handing the title to Juventus.
However, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has been publicly critical of Sarri’s mode of work, accusing him of not engaging in effective rotation of the squad.
Sarri said: “If the president is happy, good, if he is not happy, I’m sorry, and he can always take to the exit option he has. If he calls me, I will calmly talk about it,” he said.
“I’ve always tried to do my best for the team and if I have to leave, it’s not for what the president has said.
“There is a contract that has a clause worth €8m. We have 11 days to evaluate the situation and that is more than enough time.
“If the era is over, that’s down to the club. If the club cannot keep hold of six or seven of these players, then clearly an era is over.
“What Napoli fans make you experience is remarkable, but it also puts fear in you that it could end. It can make you think that it might be best to walk away when there is still reciprocal love rather than risk moments of difficulty.”