Maurizio Sarri identifies the weakest area of Chelsea’s team

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri refused to name any transfer targets at his official unveiling in front of the media, though did concede that his side lacks quality in defence.

The Italian signed a three-year contract on Saturday, replacing compatriot Antonio Conte, and was presented to the media for the first time on Wednesday, opting to use a translator rather than answer in English.

Sarri was keen to emphasise that he is happy to coach the players already at his disposal, though fears he is missing a touch of quality in the centre-back position.

Asked if he could name some of the players he is chasing, Sarri replied: ‘I cannot name any names because I don’t know who these people are.

‘I spoke with the football club and I said that ideally I think pinch of quality is lacking in the centre-halves, for a certain kind of play, otherwise they are at a very high level.

At the end of the transfer window it will be up to me to decide what type of game is suitable for the final squad.

‘I cannot claim to come here to Chelsea and change 20 players. I must adapt to Chelsea and adapt to the available players and then we will see whether or not I have to change something in my style because the squad is advising me through their characteristics.’

Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani has already been linked with a £44million move to Stamford Bridge, which could prompt long-serving defender Gary Cahill to leave.

Sarri, however, is keen to see every player on the pitch before making decisions about their futures and believes the veteran England international is still a useful asset, adding: ‘I think Cahill can still give us a lot.’

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