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Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri to discuss future with club bosses

Maurizio Sarri led Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will discuss his future with the club following the Europa League final “to know if they are happy with me”.

Sarri says he is “happy” in the Premier League and remains focused on facing Arsenal in Baku next week.

The Italian has two years remaining on his contract and has been linked with a move to Juventus.

“It is very exciting to be here, but now it is time to think of the final,” said the 60-year-old.

“I have two years of my contract here,” said the former Napoli boss. “I have no contract with other clubs. I have to speak with my club after the final. I want to know if they are happy with me.”

He added: “I’m very happy to stay in the Premier League, with Chelsea, one of the most important clubs in the Premier League.

“I’m very, very happy but we have to discuss the situation. It’s normal. You have to discuss things with the club. It’s like this.”

Sarri has received criticism from some Chelsea supporters for his style of play despite qualifying for the Champions League after finishing third in the Premier League, and reaching a European final.

He believes his style of play is similar to that of Manchester City, who “have won everything” domestically.

“The way they [City] play is not like mine but it is similar, so I can play my football in England.”

Chelsea face Arsenal in an all-London final in Azerbaijan on Wednesday, 29 May, with many supporters unable to attend the game because of travel difficulties.

Sarri believes the location of the venue is a “problem” but insists it is “the same for both teams”.

“Of course it is better to play with 30,000 fans of each team,” said Sarri. “You do this job for these matches so it is better for everybody to have their fans with the team.”

Chelsea will be without injured duo Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is expected to between “four to six months” after rupturing his Achilles tendon.

“The final is usually an open match and Ruben would have been very important for us. Arsenal have two dangerous strikers and they are very dangerous as a team in the offensive phase.

“They can press very well in the opposite half and the coach is working well.”

‘I would like to see him on the pitch’ – Mkhitaryan missing

Unai Emery’s side will be without midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan who has opted not to travel amid security fears, and Sarri says he is “disappointed” not to see the Armenian feature.

“I would like to see him on the pitch but in this situation you can only respect the decision of the man and not the player,” he added.

Eden Hazard – who remains linked with a move to Real Madrid – is expected to feature in Baku and his manager says the club must “respect his decision” to stay or leave Stamford Bridge.

“I hope he will stay with us but we need to be ready if he decides something different,” said Sarri.

“If I have spoken to him I do not want to say anything.”

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