Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits ‘the call of home is strong’ amid speculation linking the Italian with Juventus.
Speculation has surrounded Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge all season and reports have emerged that Juventus are ready to offer him a return to Serie A after just one season in English football.
The Italian champions are seeking a replacement for the outgoing Max Allegri, with the Chelsea boss now admitting that he misses his homeland.
“For us Italians the call of home is strong,” Sarri told Vanity Fair.
“I feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends and elderly parents I rarely see.
“But at my age, I only make professional choices. I won’t be able to work for 20 years. It’s hard work, the bench.”
Sarri added that a move to Juventus will not change his relationship with the Napoli fans, despite his former side’s supporters urging him not to join their Italian rivals.
“The Neapolitans know the love I feel for them. I chose to move abroad last year and not to go on an Italian team,” he said, having managed them from 2015 to 2018.
“The relationship will not change. Loyalty is giving 110% when you are there. What does it mean to be faithful?”