Maurizio Sarri gave an update on Willian and Alvaro Morata's future, the striker's injury and also criticised Bayern Munich's public comments on Callum Hudson-Odoi in his press conference at Cobham today.
Sarri was conducting his customary pre-match press conference at our training ground and as is so often the case in the month of January, potential transfers were the main subject of the journalists’ questioning.
However first up from the boss, who turned 60 yesterday, was an injury update.
‘Of course Loftus-Cheek is out at the moment,’ Sarri said.
‘Then yesterday Alvaro trained with his team-mates. We have to see the last training session today. I hope he will be able to play.’
Sarri criticised Bayern Munich’s public approach for Callum Hudson-Odoi after their sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said they wanted to buy our forward
‘I think it’s not professional. They are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea. They didn’t respect our club.
‘I don’t know the situation. I am very happy with the player because he is improving, a lot I think in the defensive phase. Now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball, but he is working very well at the moment. I would like to have him in the future.’
Sarri was asked about Alvaro Morata’s future at Chelsea
‘If Morata goes to another club we need a replacement. At the moment Morata is here, so he has to think only about playing. In this moment in Europe there are 300 players involved in the market. They only need to think about the next match otherwise it’s impossible to play.’
Willian is another player who has been linked with a move away and Sarri was asked if it could happen
‘I didn’t receive anything yesterday. You have to ask the club! I have no idea.
‘Of course I don’t want to lose him. Willian is very important for us so I think it’s impossible to lose him in January.
‘He can do better because the potential is high. Usually he wants the ball to his feet. He can improve on his movements without the ball, and he has the potential to score more.’
Sarri also explained why he is not a fan of the January transfer window
‘It’s crazy to have a market window of 30 days at this moment of the season. We play every three days, so we need something else.
‘The market window in January would be better for one week, 10 days, no more. But the summer window is also crazy, three months.
‘I am not involved in the market. I spoke to the club. They know very well my opinion. In my opinion we need two players, and then it depends on the club’s decision. I don’t know anything about the market day by day, minute by minute.’