“For us Italians the call of home is strong” – Maurizio Sarri confirms will to join Juventus

Chelsea are set to lose their head coach Maurizio Sarri after reports have linked him with a move to giants Juventus in the Italian Serie A, and his latest comments are doing the London club no favors in their hopes of keeping him.

The former Napoli tactician made a name for himself when he built a strong team in Naples, competing for titles with well-heeled Juventus. His attempts to snatch the Serie A title from the more illustrious side from Turin failed, but his efforts have not gone unnoticed.

The Blues have attempted to talk him out of joining Juventus but it seems the lure from the homeland is difficult for him to ignore. The 60-year old wants nothing but a return to Italy after failing to get assurances from his current employers concerning his tactics and player selection.

Although according to TalkSport, Sarri wanted to stay on as coach of Chelsea until the end of his contract next year, the head coach now says he cannot say no to the invitation to return to Italy:

“For us Italians the call of home is strong. We feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends, elderly parents I rarely see. But at my age I only make professional choices. I won’t be able to coach for 20 years.

It’s hard work, the dugout. When I return home to Tuscany I feel like a stranger. I have slept thirty nights in the last few years!”

Maurizio Sarri, Evening Standard