Not that long ago, a very bold claim came from Italy regarding the process to define who would replace Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

The choice was ultimately Thomas Tuchel, but Italian journalist Ciro Venerato claimed Marina Granovskaia originally wanted to try and bring Maurizio Sarri back to the club.

However, the decision was reportedly vetoed by Roman Abramovich, who made it clear he didn’t want the former Napoli man back, thus why the club turned their attention to their current German boss.

The same Venerato brings a bit more information on Friday, standing by his claim that Chelsea ‘thought of’ Sarri before Lampard was sacked.

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He added, relayed by Area Napoli: “He dreams of managing in the Premier League again. Abramovich no longer wants Italians, because they cost too much, so he hasn’t returned to Chelsea”.

That makes some sense, especially when you consider the rather expensive break up between the London club and Antonio Conte prior to Sarri’s arrival.

Either way, it seems the Russian oligarch is done with a certain nationality when it comes to managing his club, perhaps kickstarting a new German revolution for years to come.