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De Laurentiis suggests ‘unhappy’ Sarri regrets Napoli exit

Aurelio De Laurentiis, Maurizio Sarri, Napoli
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The Napoli president suggests Maurizio Sarri hasn’t been as happy since leaving the club, which he could’ve made history at.

Sarri was famed for transforming Napoli into heavyweights in Italy. He secured top-three league finishes in all three of his seasons in charge and introduced the high-tempo passing game dubbed as the ‘Sarriball’.

Despite his stylish football being revered across Europe, however, the 61-year-old never won silverware. Although he came close to a Serie A title in his last season by finishing just four points behind winners Juventus.

Sarri has since won the Europa League and Serie A titles at Chelsea and Juventus respectively since leaving Napoli in 2018.

For Aurelio De Laurentiis, though, winning the Serie A at Juventus is nothing special and suggested Sarri could’ve achieved that with his hometown club.

“It’s normality to win at Juventus,” he told Sky Sport Italia on his former coach’s success.

“Sarri will always remain in my heart, as his football here astonished all of Europe. I will always thank him for that, but we all do stupid things in life, he did two or three that were avoidable, but that’s his problem.

“All I can say is that’s a pity, because if he had remained at Napoli, perhaps he could’ve helped us to win the Scudetto. Instead, he said ‘why should I take a risk? I’ll go elsewhere.’

“He went elsewhere, but I don’t think he’s been as happy as he was at Napoli.”