Maurizio Sarri says he would rather quit Chelsea now than be sacked should the club fail to win the Europa League.
The Chelsea boss has been linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge after just a season in charge, with reports suggesting the Italian could leave should the club fail to beat Arsenal in the final of the Europa League on May 29.
Despite finishing third in the Premier League and reaching two cup finals, the 60-year-old is hugely unpopular with large sections of the Blues support and club legend Frank Lampard has been heavily linked with a return to Stamford Bridge in recent days.
Sarri insists he would rather leave now if his future is dependent on the result of next week’s final in Baku, while the former Napoli boss once again reiterated his desire to stay in English football.
‘My future is on Wednesday,’ Sarri told a pre-match press conference.
‘I need to think only to the final in this moment. I have two years of contract here. I have had no contact with other clubs at the moment. I have to speak to my club after the final. I want to know if they are happy with me or not.
‘I like very much the Premier League. It’s the best championship in the world. It’s very exciting to be here. Now it’s time to think only about the final. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League. We have to discuss the situation but that’s normal at every club.
‘You cannot have 10 months of work and then I have to play everything in 90 minutes.’
‘It’s not right. If the situation is like this I want to go immediately. Either you’re happy with my work or you’re not happy.’
— Football Faithful (@FootyFaithful_) May 23, 2019