Maurizio Sarri rubbishes ‘impossible’ Roma rumours

Under-fire Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has denied reports linking him with AS Roma.

Reports emerged on Thursday evening in England suggesting that Roma are eyeing up Sarri for next season to replace current coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

The Blues boss is under immense pressure at Stamford Bridge right now with doubts over his future continuing to grow.

Following the big news in England, Italian media then added that Sarri had recently held a meeting with Roma president James Pallotta and club advisor Franco Baldini over the managerial role at the Stadio Olimpico.

Speaking after Chelsea’s 3-0 Europa League win over Malmo FF on Thursday night, however, Sarri denied talks with Roma.

“Of course no,” Sarri told BT Sport.

“Because I have a contract with Chelsea next season, so it’s impossible to have contact [from Roma].

“I read something in an Italian newspaper about a dinner with Franco Baldini, but I think Franco is in South Africa so it is very difficult to have dinner with him.”

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Chelsea have reportedly taken up their option to extend Olivier Giroud’s contract by another 12 months.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi at Stamford Bridge secured a comfortable 5-1 aggregate win for Chelsea in their Round of 32 tie against Malmo.

The result was a welcome boost for the entire squad following recent setbacks against Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday and their heavy defeats to both Manchester City and Bournemouth in the Premier League.

But, for Sarri, Chelsea’s slow start against Malmo is a cause for concern ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with City.

“It will be a disaster,” admitted Sarri.

“I am worried about the first 30 minutes [against Malmo], [but] only for the offensive phase. We cannot play our football without confidence but the level of application was good.

“We are in a difficult moment, we had problems with the fans in the last match so it’s normal for the team to enter without confidence.

“For playing our football, we need confidence. If we want to be in control and have ball possession and move very fast, we need confidence.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with Antonio Ruediger of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between Chelsea and Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge on February 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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