Maurizio Sarri wants Chelsea man Ruben Loftus-Cheek when he takes over at Lazio

Maurizio Sarri’s imminent arrival at Lazio is set to spark a new era – and former Chelsea boss wants his old Stamford Bridge pupil Ruben Loftus-Cheek to lead the charge

  • Maurizio Sarri is soon expected to be confirmed as new manager of Lazio 
  • Sarri most recently took charge of Juventus before being sacked in August 2020 
  • He will look to some of his former stars as new signings for Lazio next season 
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek tops the list and is seen as perfect for his ‘Sarriball’ style 

Maurizio Sarri has compiled a list of players he would like to work with at Lazio and among these there are many names who have worked with him in the past.

Elseid Hysaj and Nikola Maksimovic are two players on the free list who perfectly know Sarri’s tactical schemes from their time together at Napoli, and will be two low-cost purchases that will quantitatively improve the number of players available. 

Yet according to Corriere dello Sport, the first player requested by Sarri for his Lazio regime is Loftus-Cheek, a 25-year-old Chelsea midfielder who has fallen down the pecking order and looked short of confidence in recent years.

Maurizio Sarri is set to be reunited with his former Chelsea pupil Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Lazio

Maurizio Sarri is set to be reunited with his former Chelsea pupil Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Lazio

Lazio will soon ask Chelsea for the player on loan with the the option to buy at the end of the season for a pre-agreed sum. 

His contract at Stamford Bridge is valid until 2024 but the last season was spent on loan at London neighbours Fulham, after being deemed surplus to requirements in the tactical project of former boss Frank Lampard. 

Sarri knows Loftus-Cheek well, having already trained the attacking-midfielder in his methods of play during their time spent together in London, when Sarri briefly took charge of Chelsea and led the club to Europa League glory. 

Loftus-Cheek spent the last season on loan at Fulham but struggling to gain consistency

Loftus-Cheek spent the last season on loan at Fulham but struggling to gain consistency

Loftus-Cheek spent the last season on loan at Fulham but struggling to gain consistency

The verteran Italian boss believes he is ready to make the big leap in Serie A in his new-look Lazio.

Sarri is tasked with building a side with the capability of returning to fight for the Scudetto alongside the big guns in the division, while also taking on city rivals Roma who have recently appointed Jose Mourinho as boss.

The signs are positive for Loftus-Cheek, who under Sarri went on to score 10 goals in 40 appearances and looked to be on the cusp of becoming a Chelsea regular.

It was his best season of his career to date, and Sarri is now understood to be of the opinion that this can be built upon in Italy.

Put simply, he sees the Englishman as the perfect fit for his famed ‘Sarriball’ approach to the game.  

Lazio have noted how Loftus-Cheek can fill different roles across the pitch, adding to both depth and tactical versatility. 

The 25-year-old was tipped for big things at Chelsea but failed to nail down a regular place

The 25-year-old was tipped for big things at Chelsea but failed to nail down a regular place

The 25-year-old was tipped for big things at Chelsea but failed to nail down a regular place

With Sarri he played from left wing and the left centre of midfield, while also filling in competently as second striker in a 4-3-1-2 formation. 

With Fulham last season he made 31 appearances scoring 1 goal. 

His presence and physical stature is also of importance to Sarri; Loftus-Cheek is 6ft 3in tall and has great dynamism in every area of ​​the pitch. 

It is hoped that the need for a new cycle will re-engerise Lazio as a club and a fanbase, while at the same time very much appeal to Loftus-Cheek who is strong need of something different to kick-start his career once more.

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