Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea may make one more new signing

Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea may make one more new signing

"The club wants him to stay and he wants to stay but it depends on the work permit".

"Then it depends on the club".

City are also without a number of key players following their World Cup exploits but Guardiola will want to be successful and keep the winning feeling flowing heading into the new campaign.

Sarri took over from former Blues manager, Antonio Conte last month.

But despite their lack of business, the Italian manager believes that Chelsea only need one more player ahead of their Community Shield clash with City and says he has not been demanding more deals. "The level is very high, so he had some problems in his first season but he said that football is football everywhere".

Sarri wants to narrow the gap to City.

"And in other competitions, the FA Cup and Champions League, always we can do better".

"We can try to reduce the gap in the future with work. We have to improve, of course".

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But whatever the line-ups, there are plenty of talking points and the game will be closely watched for clues as domestic football reclaims centre stage just three weeks after the World Cup final in Russian Federation. "I spoke about positions and characteristics but no names", Sarri told reporters on Friday. So I don't know. "The style of play will be flawless for English football". But only maybe one player.

And keeping Chelsea's leading talents is the priority. It was reported today that Zaha is keen to depart Selhurst Park and has been linked with Chelsea.

"I spoke yesterday (Thursday) with him about his lateness, not about his future". It was a very positive conversation. "I am so happy he came here".

"At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea", Sarri said. "Congratulations to him [for his new contract] and thanks to him for his trust to stay with us for longer".

"We are going to try".

Manchester City and Chelsea will not be at full strength on Sunday but it will still be a huge confidence boost for Maurizio Sarri and his team should they defeat the champions.

Sarri admits City are also hindered by players absent on post-World Cup breaks, but the situation contrasts with Chelsea's as he is new to the role.

For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.

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