Chelsea transfer news: Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic thanks Maurizio Sarri but insists he wants to stay in Italy

30 Nov

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their hunt for a new centre-back.

Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic has admitted that while he is flattered by interest from the his former manager Maurizio Sarri he’s happy in Italy.

Napoli ace Nikola Maksimovic.

The 27-year-old is enjoying a fine season in Italy this term and he is flourishing under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The Serbian’s form has sparked talk of a reunion with his old manager, Sarri, at Chelsea in January.

The Blues are reportedly looking at Maksimovic in case fellow centre-back Andreas Christensen leaves the club.

However, the defender has revealed he currently has no desire to leave Napoli in the near future.

Maksimovic has put in some excellent performances this season

“I also want to thank Sarri, he was very attentive,” Maksimovic told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli when asked about his upturn in form.

“Could I join him at Chelsea? I’m fine here! I actually don’t have anything bad to say about him, but I’m happy here, as are my family. I want to show my value.”

Arsenal transfer news: Napoli to offer Gunners target Nikola Maksimovic new contract

19 Nov

Napoli are working on a new contract for Nikola Maksimovic, who has been linked with a transfer to Arsenal.

The defender caught the attention of Gunners scouts last season during his time on loan at Russian side Spartak Moscow.

Maksimovic has put in some excellent performances this season

Since returning to Napoli, the 26-year-old has found his feet in Italy and begun to rekindle his best form under boss Carlo Ancelotti this season, making seven appearances in all competitions.

Arsenal are said to still be interested in Maksimovic as the club are looking at bringing in a new centre-back in January.

But, according to Corriere dello Sport, a deal for the Serbia international could be difficult as Napoli are looking to extend his contract.

Maksimovic’s current deal expires in the summer of 2021 and the San Paolo club are trying to extend that by at least 12 months.

The Italian club are willing to give the defender a pay-rise as well, as they seek to reward Maksimovic for the excellent form he has displayed this term.