New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has refused to rule out the potential exits of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois from the club this summer.
Both Hazard and Courtois have been linked with summer moves to Spanish giants Real Madrid, with the latter entering the final year of his contract with the west London club.
“Clearly, we would always like to keep all strongest players. This is what any manager wants to do and any club wants to do but we will have to see how transfer market goes over next few days,” Sarri told reporters during his unveiling on Wednesday.
“But i want to clarify, I am much more a pitch manager than a general manager.
“I think that I am one of few managers who is bored by transfer market. I don’t want to talk about it and not interested in it.”
Sarri went on to suggest a strong willingness to work with the players already at his disposal at Stamford Bridge.
“Our task as managers is growing players that we have,” he added.
After taking over the reins at Chelsea, following the success of Antonio Conte, Sarri admits there is no need for wholesale changes at the roots of the club, but rather a gentle implementation of his brand of football.
‘I dont want to be influenced by nothing or no-one or judged by people who have seen something.
‘Antonio [Conte] reached incredible results here, he is an extraordinary manager and clearly I play in a slightly different way so it will take some time.
‘This is post a World Cup so many [players] have to come back will take time to build different way of playing [but] all good things of Antonio must be left and not changed.
“But it is also true that in today football these are the timelines so it is import to know how to impose one’s own football philosophy in shorter times, shorter than [in] the past,” he said.