Abramovich Has Identified Maurizio Sarri’s Replacement

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Despite securing Chelsea’s return to the Champions League next term with a third-placed finish in the Premier League,  reports in Italy claim Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering sacking the Italian after the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29.

According to Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Abramovich is considering sacking the former Napoli man, mainly due to the fact that Sarri has a poor relationship with Chelsea fans.

During several Chelsea matches this season, Sarri’s decisions regarding substitutions have been booed, while fans chanted ‘f*** Sarri-ball’ during the team’s 2-1 win away to Cardiff City on March 31.

According to Daily Mirror, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard will be Chelsea’s next manager if Sarri is sacked.

It is understood Abramovich have been impressed with Lampard’s first season as manager after guiding Derby County into the playoffs. He has achieved this at Derby while also playing attractive football.

Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time top goal scorer, finding the net on 211 occasions in 648 games.

Meanwhile, Sarri revealed after Chelsea’s goalless draw at Leicester City that he’s uncertain about his Chelsea future.

Asked if he will be at Stamford Bridge next season, Sarri replied: “I think so, but I am not sure.

“I can say only that the club asked me for the Champions League, and we reached the target.

“As you know very well, I love English football. I love the Premier League; it’s fantastic and the level is the best in the world, I think. The atmosphere in the stadiums is wonderful. I would like very much to stay here.”

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