Maurizio Sarri rejected Aurelio de Laurentiis’ complaints after the Napoli boss bemoaned the Italian’s failure to win trophies at the club.
De Laurentiis insists Napoli gave Sarri everything he asked for before Chelsea lured him to the this summer.
Sarri is now spearheading Chelsea’s rejuvenation, after failing to dislodge ’ strangle hold on Serie A.
Twice Napoli finished second to Juventus under Sarri and De Laurentiis admitted he felt bitter his former manager could not deliver despite the investments made.
‘We gave Sarri everything and in three years we didn’t win anything,’ he said. ‘There remains the pleasure of having played well but also the bitterness of not having won anything.’
Sarri has now responded to De Laurentiis’ grumblings and defended his record at Napoli.
‘I don’t know but maybe he is talking about me because he is missing me,’ said Sarri.
‘We didn’t win in Naples but we had the record number of points for the club.
‘We qualified three times for the Champions League and it was unusual for Napoli.
‘So I think we did very well. Nobody won in Italy except Juventus in the last seven years.’
When asked if Sarri missed his former employer, the Chelsea boss responded: ‘At the moment, no. But I am used [to him].’
Sarri’s focus is now firmly on Chelsea’s weekend Premier League fixture at St James Park against Newcastle United.