Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted that his decision to leave Stamford Bridge was a huge error in his career.
The Italian was appointed as Blues boss in 2018, replacing compatriot Antonio Conte at the helm.
He had a somewhat uneasy relationship with the club having been criticised by supporters for his style of play and tactical decisions.
Despite that, the campaign still ended in success with Chelsea winning the Europa League against Arsenal, whilst also earning a place in the Premier League top four.
That was not enough to keep the former Napoli head coach at Stamford Bridge, however, as he departed and was replaced by club icon Frank Lampard.
Sarri went on to take the reins with Italian giants Juventus, claiming the Serie A crown in Turin but still looks back on his departure from Chelsea with regret.
Speaking to SportItalia, the 62-year-old said: “At Chelsea I made a sensational mistake, that of wanting to return to Italy at all costs.
“Marina (Granovskaia) stonewalled me to leave Chelsea, I had this desire to return to Italy. Chelsea are a great club, in the following years they have taken many young people suitable for me.
“I experienced a particular year, in which Abramovich could not enter England and we had an owner who was not present in the area.
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“A rather difficult situation, all in the hands of Marina and she had a thousand problems to solve, the football aspect was in the hands of the staff, not having the economic power available.
“Then came (Timo) Werner, (Kai) Havertz, (Mason) Mount, (Hakim) Ziyech: all suited to me and my way of playing.”
Sarri also lasted just over a season with Juventus before his sacking and has recently been appointed as Lazio boss on a contract until 2023.