Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has accused former manager Maurizio Sarri of attempting to take his ‘whole team’ with him to Chelsea.
De Laurentiis replaced Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season after the Italian took too long to make his mind up about his future.
The 59-year-old remained contractually tied to the Serie A club even after his dismissal, before the Blues eventually reached an agreement to bring him in as a replacement for Antonio Conte.
Sarri wasted no time in bringing Jorginho with him from Naples and De Laurentiis has revealed the midfielder wasn’t the only player he tried to take with him to Stamford Bridge
I didn’t like him saying that we both made mistakes, as I don’t think I made any,’ De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.
‘He had a contract, so I could’ve said something because he was behaving in unacceptably, going against players he didn’t think were very good.
‘I was not wrong to not challenge him, even if it would’ve been the most obvious thing [to do].
‘These players gave him a lot. He massacred them in his famous training sessions, but they always reacted well.
‘After that, he wanted to take my whole team to England and dismantle it. I had to lay down the law to Marina (Granovskaia, director at Chelsea).
‘He wanted Jorginho and I gave him away after talking with Ancelotti, who told me he was expecting a lot from Amadou Diawara and that he wants to play Marek Hamsik deeper.’