De Laurentiis accepts Chelsea managerial target Sarri may leave Napoli

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The Blues are looking into the possibility of hiring the 59-year-old to replace Antonio Conte this summer after his great season in Serie A

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis accepts coach Maurizio Sarri could leave the Serie A club at the end of the season.

Chelsea have made contact with Sarri regarding the possibility of moving to Stamford Bridge this summer with Antonio Conte under fire following a disappointing defence of the Premier League title.

Under Sarri, Napoli remain in with a chance of winning Serie A this season, but are four points adrift of Juventus with three games remaining.

De Laurentiis would like Sarri, who reportedly has a release clause of £7 million in his contract, to remain, but he accepts the 59-year-old could move on.

"With or without, it depends on him," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "It doesn't seem right now to insist. Let him work quietly.

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"Since January I have talked to him several times. If he finally wants to stay, for me it will be a great pleasure.

"If someone then had to pay the release clause, at that point I couldn't do anything.

"But if he wanted to leave regardless, it would mean he has no more motivation and I will have to take note of this."