Chelsea boss admits he is ‘bored by the transfer market’

Date published: Wednesday 18th July 2018 1:58

Maurizio Sarri was unable to give guarantees over the futures of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois amid speculation the Belgian pair could leave this summer.

Speaking at his unveiling as Chelsea head coach at Stamford Bridge, Sarri told a media conference of his disinterest in the transfer market.

After an opening address in English, Sarri spoke in his native Italian, saying: “Clearly we would always like to keep all the strongest players. This is what any manager wants to do, this is what any club wants to do.

“Then we will have to see how the transfer market will go over the next few days.

“I think that I am one of the few managers who is bored by the transfer market. I don’t want to talk about the transfer market and I’m not that interested in it.”

Sarri said he “did not want to say anything wrong” in his first media conference in explaining his preference to speak in Italian.

He insisted he had not spoken to Carlo Ancelotti, the former Chelsea boss who succeeded him at Napoli, ahead of his move to Stamford Bridge.

He said: “Well, for me this is a difficult challenge, but a fascinating one. I know it will be very difficult and here we have the strongest coaches in the world and the strongest players in the world.

“I know this will be an extremely difficult challenge for me. I have not asked anything of anyone. I want to have this experience also based on my mistakes.”

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