Napoli supremo De Laurentiis hopes Sarri wins nothing at Juventus

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said he hopes new Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri wins nothing for the Turin club.

The Serie A champions unveiled Sarri to the media on Thursday with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici insisting the 60-year-old  former Napoli chief was “the right man for the job”.

“He was absolutely the first choice,” Paratici said, after Sarri was presented to the world after penning a three-year deal.

Sarri accepted that will have to win over some Juve fans, given his association with rivals Napoli.

“I arrive with scepticism just as I did with all my other clubs,” he said. “I understand that, but I know only one way to change that and that is to win and convince while entertaining and getting results,” he said.

However, De Laurentiis, who allowed Sarri leave Naples for Chelsea last summer, was not as understanding.

“Maurizio is good, I saw a lot of him. I am not surprised [about his Juve move], football is no longer a world of icons and loyalty. He didn’t win anything here and maybe he will not win anything in Turin. He is a rival, I can only wish him this,” he told Corriere della Sera.

“I am for freedom, therefore, I respect his choice. Everyone does what he wants but assumes responsibility. I never believed in Sarri’s absolute love and time has proved me right.

“I often repeat that I am for monogamy, I believe in marriage and I have been at Napoli for 15 years, even though a part of the supporters tried to hinder me. The arguments are there and the most important thing is to remain faithful to the cause and to love the colours. My choice is a choice of the heart and remains so,” De Laurentiis added.