Maurizio Sarri revealed that he harbours regret over Chelsea’s failure to lure Argentina international forward Gonzalo Higuain.
The experienced forward has enjoyed one of the most prolific spells of his career under Sarri’s management at Serie A giants Napoli before his controversial move to Juve.
Former Real Madrid forward was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, however, ultimately signed for Serie A giants AC Milan on loan from Serie A champions Juventus.
Sarri has backed Spanish Alvaro Morata to improve from a largely disappointing first campaign in Premier League and also has France World Cup winner Olivier Giroud up front, however, conceded he would have relished the opportunity to once again worked with Higuain.
Asked about the Blues summer dealings, he told Sky Sports: ‘Higuain? It’s a little regret but in the end everyone after the market have a few little regrets.’
Chelsea gave a debut to new signing Kepa Arrizabalaga in Saturday’s win over Huddersfield Town and Sarri believes he will prove a more than a capable long-term successor to Courtois,
‘Fundamentally, the club was very open, we signed a great goalkeeper to replace another great one,’ he added.
‘I thought it right not to hold Courtois against his will, we got someone young like Mateo Kovacic who is ready to explode and also Jorginho.’