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Maurizio Sarri confirms Chelsea's need for centre-back

Sarri confirms need for centre-back
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New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reveals that he wants to bring a new centre-back to the club in this summer's transfer window.

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he wants to bring a new centre-back to the club in this summer's transfer window.

The Blues have been strongly linked with a move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, although the 23-year-old's agent recently played down talk of a transfer.

AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci, meanwhile, is also believed to be of interest to Chelsea.

Sarri - speaking at his first press conference as Chelsea boss - revealed that he would like to sign a new central defender ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

"I cannot name any names because I don't know who these people are. I spoke with the club and I said ideally a pinch of quality is lacking in our centre-halves for a certain kind of play," Sarri told reporters.

"At the end of the transfers it will be up to me to decide what the most suitable play for our squad is. I must adapt to Chelsea and the available players."

Former Napoli head coach Sarri also revealed that he wanted to 'keep the club's strongest players' when questioned on the transfer market.

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