Chelsea target Sarri closing in on new contract. - FCNaija

Serie A By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 20/03/2018

Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri closing in on a new contract with Serie A outfit Napoli.

The 59-year-old Italian coach current contract is set to expire in 2020 but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is keen to tie him down to a longer-term deal to see off Premier League interest.

According to Corriere dello Sport claiming that Partenopei De Laurentiis confirm that he will extend of Sarri's contract within the next 48 hours after meetings between manager and president.

The pair hope to come to an agreement on Sarri’s contract, even if may not be announced until De Laurentiis returns from United States America.

"It is not a problem,' Sarri told TvLuna when asked about his Napoli future. 'The contract is there and we will have to make sure the conditions are agreed.

"The fans are great and I hope I can always give 100 per cent. If I am not able to do that then I will have to take a step back. Otherwise, I can go on.

"I feel a big debt to the fans and the only way I can [repay it] is to give my best.'

"I was in Serie B four years ago, I can’t feel worried. I’m honoured to be close to a team that has been winning for seven years."

He added: “The relationship between the San Paolo and the team is something extraordinary, with me particularly.

"The Neapolitans fanbase has no equal, you go on the pitch and you receive something that is much more than emotional. I feel a great debt, and the only way I know to repay it is to give my best."

Sarri has led Napoli to an impressive title challenge in Serie A this season, with his side two points behind Juventus as the season approaches its climax.