CAGLIARI, ITALY - AUGUST 12:Nicolò Barella of Cagliari in action during the Coppa Italia match between Cagliari Calcio and US Citta di Palermo at on August 12, 2018 in cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
CAGLIARI, ITALY - AUGUST 12:Nicolò Barella of Cagliari in action during the Coppa Italia match between Cagliari Calcio and US Citta di Palermo at on August 12, 2018 in cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)

Cagliari’s sporting director has ruled out a move away from the club for wantaway midfielder Nicolo Barella this month.

Barella has been tipped to replace Fabregas at Stamford Bridge, coupled with a move to Napoli, but Mario Passetti made it clear the Sardinians would hold on to the Italian starlet until at least the summer.

“We continue to talk about him, we do interviews and issue statements, but evidently we’re not being clear enough: we reiterate that he’ll stay for at least for the next six months,” he told Rai Sport and cited via Football Italia.

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“After that, we’ll see what happens in the summer. We have big ambitions and Nicolo gives 1000 percent in every training session and he’s happy to be at Cagliari. Selling him isn’t one of our objectives.”

Sarri has made it clear that a replacement for Fabregas is needed as they close in on a top-four slot.