Maurizio Sarri still wants to sign a midfielder

Maurizio Sarri still wants to sign a midfielder

"First of all I'm happy that a manager of that level is in the Premier League".

"Guardiola told me here in England that it is very hard, the level is very high", he said. Being here I feel we are going to improve a lot [because of] his ideas in England.

In addition, both sides have shown weakness at the back in their pre-season games so far, with Chelsea keeping just one clean sheet (against Perth Glory) and City without a shutout.

"He's ready to play, that's why we want the permit".

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said he is "very confident" that Willian will stay with the club this summer but admitted the future of Thibaut Courtois depends largely on the goalkeeper's decision.

While the Community Shield may be dismissed by some as little more than a glamorised pre-season friendly, Sarri is not adopting that attitude before Sunday's fixture.

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Whether that means, De Bruyne, Sterling, John Stones, Vincent Kompany and the others will have done enough training to face Arsenal in the opening Premier League game of the season on Sunday 12th August remains to be seen. Antonio [Conte] was, Maurizio will be too. I think he will stay. Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture.

Azpilicueta knows the overflowing quality of Pep Guardiola's title-winning squad but the 28-year-old insists they will go all guns blazing and implement Sarri's high-energy and aggressive attacking football despite its relative infancy within the Blues squad.

For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury. We started two and a half weeks ago.

"The Premier League is the most competitive of Europe's top leagues". The match will be very hard for us. "I want to win, because it is very important to have a trophy immediately".

But he insists there was no issue and Sarri remains confident Willian will be at Stamford Bridge when the transfer window closes. "If, at the end, we decide to bring in another one it will be because they can be a special player for the future, not to have one more player for the numbers".

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