Chelsea have landed two major additions from Italian giants Napoli this summer in the form of new boss Maurizio Sarri and midfielder Jorginho but the European side have issued a warning.
The Blues endured a drawn-out saga in their quest to bring Sarri in as a replacement for Antonio Conte, despite the Serie A runners-up already securing Carlo Ancelotti as their boss for the 2018-19 season.
Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has now accused Sarri of trying to dismantle the Italian club upon his departure, in comments quoted by Goal, and insisted the sale of Jorginho was the club’s choice.
“I didn’t like him saying that we both made mistakes, as I don’t think I made any. He had a contract, so I could’ve said something because he was behaving in unacceptably, going against players he didn’t think were very good.
“I was not wrong to not challenge him, even if it would’ve been the most obvious thing [to do]. These players gave him a lot. He massacred them in his famous training sessions, but they always reacted well.
“After that, he wanted to take my whole team to England and dismantle it. I had to lay down the law to Marina [Granovskaia, director at Chelsea].
“He wanted Jorginho and I gave him away after talking with Ancelotti, who told me he was expecting a lot from [Amadou] Diawara and that he wants to play [Marek] Hamsik deeper.”