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Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus this summer after just one season at the club despite guiding to the Blues to Europa League success and a third place finish.
According to The Telegraph, Sarri did not watch a single academy training session and did not attend any under-23 games during his year in charge.
Sarri’s decision not to watch the development of the club’s young talent could be the reason why youngsters like Juan Familio-Castillo and Tariq Uwakwe refused to sign new contracts before making a U-turn and signing new Chelsea deals after learning of Frank Lampard’s imminent arrival as Chelsea boss.
Sarri’s failure to trust youngsters at the club was also a deciding factor in pushing Callum Hudson-Odoi towards a potential exit and into the current contract deadlock the club find themselves in with the player.
Hudson-Odoi pushed to leave the club in January with Bayern Munich making several bids for the 18 year old but Chelsea rejected all offers from the German champions. Bayern Munich reportedly came back with an offer for Hudson-Odoi last month which was also rejected by Chelsea.
The prospect of Lampard taking over has caused excitement at the academy, where staff believe their efforts will now be properly rewarded.
A lack of first-team opportunities has seen many of Chelsea’s best youngsters fail to make the final step into the first team, but Lampard is determined to do all he can to change that.
This will definitely be good news to Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori, who have all returned from successful loans hoping for chances.