‘Sarri in­ter­ested in only money’

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Napoli owner Au­re­lio De Lau­ren­tiis yes­ter­day ac­cused for­mer coach Mau­r­izio Sarri of be­ing in­ter­ested in only money, and pre­dicted that new man­ager Carlo Ancelotti was in for the long haul as the club chase a first Serie A ti­tle since 1990 and Cham­pi­ons League suc­cess.

“I thought I had met a coach who would stay at Napoli for a long time,” De Lau­ren­tiis said of Sarri in an in­ter­view with Cor­riere dello Sport.

“At a cer­tain point, it be­came a ques­tion linked ex­clu­sively to money.

“Sud­denly, it was es­tab­lished by the me­dia that his con­tract must be ad­justed.

“So what is the value of an agree­ment just signed? We had al­ready gone from 700,000 eu­ros (S$1.11 mil­lion) to 1.5 mil­lion eu­ros.

“I also once heard him say that for his next con­tract, he wanted to get rich.

“Sarri’s dec­la­ra­tions of love for the city? I be­lieved it, but then I won­dered: ‘What if he was us­ing me as a bank?’”

Sarri, 59, a for­mer foot­baller who turned to a ca­reer in bank­ing in Lon­don, Zurich, Frank­furt and Lux­em­bourg, be­fore re­turn­ing to coach­ing, took over at Napoli in 2015.

But he moved to Chelsea on a deal re­ported to be worth nearly 6 mil­lion eu­ros, af­ter Napoli fin­ished run­ners-up to Ju­ven­tus de­spite a clu­brecord 91 points.

His job in the Sta­dio San Paolo was taken by for­mer Chelsea and Paris Saint-Ger­main boss Ancelotti, who has won league ti­tles in five of Europe’s top leagues as well as the Cham­pi­ons League with AC Mi­lan and Real Madrid.

“Ancelotti was a date writ­ten in the foot­ball uni­verse as if fate had de­cided it,” said film pro­ducer De Lau­ren­tiis, who res­cued the club from bank­ruptcy in 2004.

“It took five min­utes to get an agree­ment. The quick­est ne­go­ti­a­tion of my 15 years of foot­ball.” – AFP

PHOTO: REUTERS

Mau­r­izio Sarri.

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