Dries Mertens has refused to out a potential reunion with his former Napoli Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea next summer.
The Belgium international produced some of the best performances of his career under the Italian head-coach at the Series A club.
The Napoli forward has netted 56 goals in 76 outings during three seasons under the Italian gaffer and establish himself as one of the leading goal-scorers in the Italian top flight.
The Blues have made an impressive start to life under Maurizio Sarri following a return of 34 points from their opening 16 Premier League matches to challenge for a top-four finish.
The signing of Mertens to Chelsea would certainly add more firepower to the Blues’ rank should a move for him materialize in the future.
Speaking to The Times about working under Sarri in the future, Mertens said:
“I love it here [at Napoli].
“But maybe in one year, I’m free, so maybe you never know, maybe Sarri is going to call me. We will see.”
“Sarri does not have an ‘off’ button. I think he sleeps one hour a night and he is always thinking about football.
“Maybe because he had less time because he arrived late in the game and he is playing catch-up? I learnt a lot from him.
“The thing I loved most about him is that you feel you are playing with 12 not 11. He puts the line very high so the strikers feel the midfielders are close.
“I’m sure now Sarri is learning things about London. He knows so many facts, he’s crazy but interesting.”