Italian boss Maurizio Sarri has taken to life at Chelsea way faster than many Blues fans would have expected, despite arriving at the club mid-way through July, with less than a month of the summer transfer window left.
Despite the timing, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Kepa and also Robert Green arrived and have helped the club to an unbeaten start to the Premier League as well as in both in the League Cup and Europa League. Now the attention turns to the January transfer window and Maurizio Sarri has reportedly identified the signing the club need next.
According to the Metro, Chelsea will make signing a young defender their number one target in the new year, with English veteran Gary Cahill all but certain to depart the club in search of first team football.
Chelsea currently have Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz in central defence (excluding Gary Cahill), but could the answer to the club’s young defender search be right in front of them? Welsh international Nathan Ampadu impressed for his national side in a recent game against Ireland, and Blues fans are keen to see him in and around the first team mix even more going forward.
On the topic of a defensive signing, Brazilian David Luiz is set to pen a contract improvement with the club having impressed Maurizio Sarri this season. The Metro via the Evening Standard suggest that a new contract is forthcoming and it appears the u-turn from Antonio Conte to now will see Luiz resume his spot long-term in the clubs first XI.
Quotes in the Metro from David Luiz appear to hint that he’s more than happy to be at Chelsea for the coming years under Sarri;
‘I had two offers from different clubs but I told Chelsea I wanted to stay. Would I have gone if Conte stayed? For sure.’
‘But they changed for Sarri and I have tried to convince Sarri I want to stay at Chelsea. I am playing now and enjoying it. I didn’t play (for most of) the last six months (under Conte).’
‘Sarri is human, he wants us to take pleasure in playing football. He said every day we have to enjoy it.’