Sarri won’t take staff to Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri is on the verge of signing for Chelsea, but his coaching staff will remain at Napoli with Carlo Ancelotti.

Multiple Italian sources claim the club has agreed to bring in Sarri as a replacement for Antonio Conte, with an announcement expected over the next 48 hours.

La Gazzetta dello Sport suggest Eden Hazard, encouraged by the praise from his Belgium teammate Dries Mertens, is pushing particularly hard for this arrival.

However, while Sarri is taking his ‘Sarriball’ style of football to the Premier League, he won’t be accompanied by his coaching staff.

Assistant manager Francesco Calzona, collaborator Simone Bonomi and fitness coach Sinatti are remaining at Napoli and will work with new boss Ancelotti.

According to Tuttosport, the staff became increasingly irritated with Sarri after he signed a four-year contract with Napoli, whereas they were only given short-term deals.

Instead, Sarri could attempt a reunion with his old Empoli assistant manager Giovanni Martusciello, who is currently working for Inter.

He could also be joined on the Chelsea bench by club legend Gianfranco Zola.

“I need to be playing ” – Defender outlines plans for next season amid Chelsea & Liverpool links

Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles has opened up on his future amid interest from Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham United and Everton.

The 24-year-old produced a series of solid displays at the heart of the Magpies’ defence this season and emerged with plenty of credit from supporters and media alike as Rafa Benitez’s side managed to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

As a result, he’s been linked with a move away from St James’ Park during the current transfer window.

The Evening Standard reported earlier in the year that the Blues have been long admirers of Lascelles and want to continue their trend of signing English talent – having done so in the previous two transfer windows with the arrivals of Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley – by targeting the defender in the summer.

Meanwhile, the Independent and the Daily Mirror respectively have claimed that the Merseyside duo are also keen on signing the defender.

Completing the list of admirers is the Hammers with The Sun reporting that the east London outfit are planning a £15m move for the former England Under-21 international defender.

However, it would appear that Lascelles is ready to disappoint all of his suitors.

“I’m very happy here,” he told Chronicle Live.

“You hear things, you hear rumours and stuff, but I’m a young player and I need to be playing football at a good club – and that’s what this is.

“This is the right club for me at the right time. We have a huge fanbase, an amazing manager, and this club is massive. It has so much history.”

Having signed a new deal which will keep him at St James’ Park until 2023, Lascelles seems settled on Tyneside and will be looking to kick on next season.

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