Napoli boss explains that Maurizio Sarri's financial past has hindered his transfer activity

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Maurizio Sarri joined Chelsea in the summer after a successful three-year spell with Napoli.

The 59-year-old had started the season extremely well at the Blues, going the first 12 league games unbeaten.

Sarri's new signings Jorginho, Kepa and loanee Mateo Kovacic have all settled in reasonably quickly too, suggesting Sarri knows a good buy when he sees one.

The Italian's impressive run from Serie C to Serie A as manager of Empoli also underlines his talent as a manager.

But current Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has shed some light on one aspect of management that Sarri prefers to shy away from.

It seems that Sarri's issues with transfers and finance in general run far deeper than anyone could ever expect.

"Sarri seemed timid and I discovered he was so dissatisfied with his past [working in finance]," he said during a panel run by Corriere di Mezzogiorno.

"For a Communist to base his profession on the evils of money brought him to suffer from a syndrome of dissatisfaction."

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"I found Sarri to be very highly-strung. His wife couldn’t even come to the stadium. ‘I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it.

"I chose Sarri against everyone’s advice. At the time, the city was covered in banners protesting my decision," said De Laurentiis.

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With these comments bound to surprise Chelsea fans, the Blues' faithful will now be wondering what kind of activity Chelsea will have in the January window.

While also questioning whether Sarri had any say in the signings of Jorginho, Kepa and Kovacic after all.

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