Jose Mourinho has welcomed Maurizio Sarri to the Premier League and claims he’s been impressed by Chelsea’s head coach.
Sarri, 59, who almost steered Napoli to the Serie A title last season, was appointed as manager at Stamford Bridge following the dismissal of Antonio Conte back in mid-July.
The Italian came into top level management relatively late in his career meaning he never faced Mourinho when the Portuguese was in charge of Inter Milan from 2008 to 2010.
During his time at Napoli, Sarri admitted the prospect of facing Mourinho was ‘very exciting’ and he will finally get the chance when Chelsea host Manchester United in October.
Asked about Sarri’s arrival in England, United boss Mourinho told beIN SPORTS:
‘When I was in Italy from 2008 to 2010, he was not in Serie A. I never met him or played against him.
‘I just follow football and lately the good work he did with Napoli.
‘In England, all the good managers have the desire to come. It’s a crazy competition with a high level so I think every manager has the dream to come so he had the chance to come.
‘He has a fantastic team, fantastic players and squad – I think he has conditions to do good work.’