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Maurizio Sarri would reportedly prefer a job in Italy rather than returning to the Premier League to take over at Tottenham.
The former Chelsea boss, who has been out of work since leaving Juventus last year, had previously been touted as a potential Jose Mourinho replacement, even before his surprise dismissal on Monday.
Mourinho’s departure has only ramped up speculation, with Italian journalist Fabio Santini, telling Il Processo (via Area Napoli) that Tottenham is a serious option for Sarri.
"I have two news about Napoli. I'm starting from the bad one: Maurizio Sarri , much loved by the fans, will not land in Campania,” Santini explained.
“According to what I am my information the coach from Figline Valdarno could go to coach in the Premier League, at Tottenham.”
However, Calciomercato report that the 62-year-old has interest from Serie A giants AS Roma and that he would rather stay in his native country.
Sarri is believed to see the Roma side as ‘absolutely up to it’ and has told agent Fami Ramadani that move remains his preference, regardless of the emerging situation in North London.
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Meanwhile, Ryan Mason has spoken for the first time since being named as the interim boss at Spurs, with the 29-year-old set to take charge of his first match, against Southampton, later this week.
Asked to sum up the last 24 hours, he said: “It's crazy. It's football. I've had it as a player. Obviously I've had the experience of having to retire in this game.
“Anything can happen and you just have to be prepared and ready for what football can throw at you at times.”
On his talks with chairman Daniel Levy, he continued: “We had a very long conversation. I think it was yesterday morning, once the news broke I was in the building anyway because I had been working with the younger lads.
“We had a conversation. I took training and then we had another conversation and he asked me if I wanted it and if I was happy to help the club.
“Obviously I was and the group were happy as well which is the most important thing and we look forward now.”
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