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Ranieri backs Maurizio Sarri but sends a stern Abramovich warning to the Italian

Maurizio Sarri should not expect Roman Abramovich’s involvement with the club according to former manager Claudio Ranieri

Antonio Conte might still be the Blues manager, his departure is imminent, however. After Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as the Napoli boss, Maurizio Sarri is everyone’s favourite to replace Conte. Chelsea, though, still need to pay his release clause which currently stands at €8 million.

Financial complications are unlikely to stop Roman Abramovich to get his man. Consequently, Sarri is expected to be the man in Chelsea’s dugout when the Blues face Manchester City in the Community Shield.

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All will not be rosy for Sarri at Chelsea

The man in charge at Stamford Bridge when Abramovich bought the club, Claudio Ranieri, has now offered a word of advice to his countryman. The ‘Tinkerman’ is a fan of Sarri’s style of play and has backed him to replicate the same with 2012 Champions League winners. However, he has been warned to not expect constant contact with the club owner.

Speaking to Sky Italia, Ranieri said:

“It depends on what Maurizio is like — he’d hardly see the president [Abramovich], he would need to work a lot and that’s something he doesn’t lack.”

“Should he go to Chelsea, he’d do well there too. He’s done well at every level, even at Empoli when people were saying he wasn’t ready yet.”

“Now he’s well-known all over Europe, and I’m convinced he can bring his football and his philosophy anywhere.”

The man who guided Leicester City to a Premier League title also opened on the suggestion that Gianfranco Zola – a Chelsea legend – could be a part of Sarri’s backroom staff.

“Knowing Zola very well — a truly unique and loyal person — if he were to be chosen by Sarri to help him at the beginning, he’d be the right man.”

Ranieri led the club for four years at the turn of the century before being replaced by a certain Jose Mourinho in 2004.

Author’s Take

Maurizio Sarri is a manager who took the long road, beginning his managerial career in the lower echelons of Italian football. He has since progressed leaps and bounds and is now considered among the best in Europe. And now, he will be hoping to put his stamp on an underperforming Chelsea squad.

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