Report claims Abramovich intervened to stop Chelsea re-hiring old boss

Date published: Friday 26th February 2021 10:10 - Robert McCarthy

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Chelsea contacted Maurizio Sarri for a potential return before Thomas Tuchel’s appointment, only for Roman Abramovich to shoot down the idea, a report claims.

Sarri quit Stamford Bridge in 2019 after leading the Blues to Europa League glory.

The Italian requested to leave the club for family reasons, as Chelsea allowed him to take the Juventus job.

In a club statement at the time, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “[Sarri] believed it is important to be nearer his family.

“And for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.”

Sarri’s tenure with Juve was not deemed a success and he was sacked despite winning Serie A in his sole season in charge.

But according to Italian journalist Ciro Venerato, Sarri was close to returning to Chelsea after Frank Lampard’s dismissal.

He claims that Granovskaia wanted the Italian back at the Bridge but that Abramovich said no.

“Chelsea, after having sacked Lampard, wanted [to bring back Sarri],” the journalist told Radio Goal broadcast on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (via

“Marina Granovskaia, in particular, fought for the return of the coach. Sarri had [also] said yes to Chelsea.

“Roman Abramovich has stopped everything, however.”

At this stage it appears that was a good decision, with Tuchel unbeaten in nine games as Blues boss.

Chelsea are next in action when they face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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Alaba throws potential spanner in the works

David Alaba is planning to change his position when he leaves Bayern Munich in the summer, a report claims.

Alaba has confirmed he will not be extending his contract with Bayern, meaning these are the final few months of his long spell with them.

The Austria international has enjoyed a trophy-laden career with the Bundesliga giants. Now, at the age of 28, he is seeking a new challenge.

The chance to sign someone of Alaba’s quality for free is an inviting opportunity for several of Europe’s biggest clubs. For example, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are keen to sign him.

But there is also a chance that Alaba could end up in the Premier League. He is admired by Chelsea and Liverpool in particular.

Both clubs are looking to strengthen their defences. Chelsea brought in Thiago Silva in the summer but need a consistent partner for him who can then become his successor.

As for Liverpool, injuries to key players prompted them to sign Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies in January. However, Alaba would offer a significant step up in class.

But if either of the Premier League clubs want to sign Alaba, they will be intrigued to learn his personal plans. Read more…

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