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