Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has claimed Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri never wanted to know about any potential transfer plans during his time as Napoli boss.
According to De Laurentiis, Sarri prefers to focus on his current squad.
Real Madrid midfielder Isco and Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic are the latest names to be linked with Chelsea ahead of the January transfer window and De Laurentiis’ statement could mean Sarri won’t provide any input into Chelsea’s transfer activity.
“Sarri seemed timid and I discovered he was so dissatisfied with his past [working in finance],” De Laurentiis said during a panel run by Corriere di Mezzogiorno, according to Metro UK.
“For a Communist to base his profession on the evils of money brought him to suffer from a syndrome of dissatisfaction.
“I found Sarri to be very highly-strung. His wife couldn’t even come to the stadium.
“I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it.”
Chelsea’s board generally take control of incomings and outgoings at the club and Sarri’s approach to transfers will definitely suit the board.
De Laurentiis also revealed he appointed Sarri as Napoli boss against everyone’s advice.
“I chose Sarri against everyone’s advice. At the time, the city was covered in banners protesting my decision,” said De Laurentiis.
“He had a way of making himself adored even by the most extreme fringes of the fanbase.
“He’s an individualist, someone who suffered in the lower leagues on pitches with no grass and the odd stone. He’d also suffer because he tended to be fired after six games.
“Then he had that run from Serie C to Serie A with Empoli and when we lost 4-2 against him, I thought he might be the right man for us.”