Maurizio Sarri eyes reunion with N’Golo Kante, instructs Juventus chief to bring midfield strongman to Turin

There are reports Maurizio Sarri is eyeing a reunion with N’Golo Kante as the Italian boss wants to bring the midfielder to Juventus.

According to the Daily Mail, the former Chelsea boss has told the club’s vice-chairman Pavel Nedved that Kante would complete what he sees as the best midfield in Europe.

A combination of Kante, Miralem Pjanic and Aaron Ramsey make up Sarri’s ideal midfield, and the club believes Kante could be had for a fee of £70 million.

The Italian has never been the most demanding manager in the transfer market and prefers to focus on working with his squad on the training pitch.

He does not busy himself with minutiae of negotiations with agents and clubs but has made no secret of his desire to bring Kante to Turin.

Juventus believe a transfer fee would be in the region £70million which is an accessible figure.

Sarri wants his midfield to be the most dynamic in Serie A and views Kante as perpetual motion.

He left Chelsea deeply impressed by the World Cup winner’s relentless motion and quality in midfield.

This season, Pjanic has become the beacon of Sarri’s aggressive midfield it Kante would offer even greater power and energy.

Frank Lampard’s youthful revolution at Stamford Bridge could mean that a generational change is taking place and the 28-year-old Kante might look for his next chapter elsewhere.

He might also be drawn by the allure of playing with compatriots Blaise Matuidi, Adrien Rabiot and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

England handed warning over Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori

England boss Gareth Southgate has been warned he risks losing Chelsea starlet Fikayo Tomori to Nigeria.

Canada-born defender Tomori, who has 15 caps for the Three Lions Under-21s, sprung into the limelight with his brilliant display against Liverpool striker Mo Salah a week ago.

The 21-year-old is eligible for Nigeria through his parents.

And ex-Spurs hitman Garth Crooks told the BBC: “This lad caught my eye against Liverpool when Mohamed Salah tried to outrun him and Tomori handled the chase comfortably and with gears to spare. Needless to say, I was impressed.

“Against Brighton, it was a very different proposition, but Tomori looked composed and comfortable, like a player who is going places.

“I hear the Nigerians have their eye on this talent and the Super Eagles’ pulling power is not to be underestimated.

“England manager Gareth Southgate should not take Tomori’s England age group appearances for granted.”

Antonio Conte makes Barcelona promise

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has vowed his side will play at the Camp Nou with ‘courage and hunger’ and will not just look to defend against Barcelona.

The Nerazzurri travel to Barcelona in a crunch Champions League clash on Wednesday night with both sides aiming to secure their first victory of a finely-balanced group.

“Our group is certainly an interesting and difficult one, as we realised full well with the draw against Slavia Prague,” said Conte in his press conference.

Borussia Dortmund complete the very tough Group F and held Barcelona to a 0-0 draw in Germany, so they all have one point going into the second game.

“It is inevitable that if you have ambition and want to go far, you must try to get points in every arena. It’s not easy to play against Barcelona, one of the top teams in the world and candidates for the final trophy, but we are here to play our game with all due respect.”

Lionel Messi is a major injury doubt, as is Ousmane Dembele, so would the game change without them?

“Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the top players in the world and naturally they can change the balance of any game. On the one hand, we want to face Barcelona with all their stars, especially as Messi is a unique champion, but on the other we must be ready to face Barcelona whatever happens.

“We need to play with an intense tempo, keeping the tempo high both on and off the ball. Barcelona can score at any moment, but we must understand this is part of the growth process and we want to show we’re on the right track. It is only the start of this journey for us and we hope to compete at this level very soon.”

Romelu Lukaku is out injured with a muscular problem and could therefore be in doubt for Sunday’s Scudetto showdown with Juventus, report Football Italia.

“It’s going to be an intense week, but as I always say, the game of a lifetime is the next one coming up, so that means Barcelona. We don’t need motivation to face Barcelona, just the name does that. We’ll be concentrated on this, don’t worry.

“It is strange to be facing both Messi and Ronaldo in the space of four days, as we are up against two of the best teams in the world and the two best players in the world.

“This must be intriguing for us, because we are taking these steps up and are at the start of the journey. It should be a joy for us to face the best.

“I prefer the performance to the result, to play at Camp Nou with courage and hunger. I don’t want to get a good result after we’ve been dominated for 90 minutes. I don’t want to come here with a helmet and shield to defend the goal. We are trying to grow in terms of mentality and professionalism.”

Former Germany star tells Christian Pulisic what to do to succeed at Chelsea

Jurgen Klinsmann has offered Chelsea star Christian Pulisic advice in order to turn his Chelsea fortunes around, saying he must become “nasty”.

Ex-USA manager and Spurs legend Klinsmann says the £58million Yank is a “very special player” who needs to tell Blues boss Frank Lampard he is ready to start.

Ex-Borussia Dortmund winger Pulisic, 21, admits he is “very frustrated” after playing just once in five games since his summer arrival at Chelsea.

And Klinsmann told ESPN: “He will go through a phase now where more and more he needs to bring his elbows out to fight himself through the system there

“Can he do it? Yes, absolutely he can do it, but you need to be patient too, sometimes you forget he’s a very young player.

“You don’t have that automatic assurance at Chelsea. You’re basically in training and you have to tell the coach: ‘I’m in, I’m going to start this game.’

“So it’s a little bit more cold, it’s a bit more nasty. What I mean with the elbows is that you have to become nasty in order to make yourself a starter.”

Zidane opens up on criticisms against Eden Hazard over his dismal start at Real Madrid

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has dismissed criticisms against Eden Hazard over his form at Bernabeu and drew parallels to his own playing career.

Hazard spent over a year trying to engineer a move from Chelsea to the Bernabeu with the hope of shining in Spain and cementing his place as one of the world’s best players.

The Frenchman explained how adapting to a new elite club is not easy and highlighted his own lack of form during his early days at both Juventus and Madrid.

Hazard has been starting for Los Blancos in an attacking front three which has also included the in-form Karim Benzema along with Gareth Bale, report Football Espana.

But some Real fans have started to turn on him, questioning whether the Belgium star is good enough to warrant a place in the side.

“The same thing happened to me as what has happened to Hazard, but in the end the player is very calm as I was because I knew it would work in time,” Zidane stated, as cited by Cadena Cope.

“It was worse when I arrived in Italy because it took me three months. In Madrid a little less, but at this club everything is magnified.

“With Hazard it is the same. I know that he will succeed in Real Madrid, we know the player he is and for us the most important thing is to have peace of mind to accompany him.

“Underperforming Hazard? It has nothing to do with his physical aspect at all, it is much about the team as any individual – we need to be more creative but I am not worried, we need to be calm because we are on the right path.

“My advice to him? The tips are not to tell him how to play because we know the important player that he is for us.

“He knows we want more from him but we have to be calm, I’m not worried because I know he is one who is going to succeed here and is going to be very good.

“You have to be calm because of how good he is, that is not going to change. We need more and he does too, but we will see him quickly and if tomorrow is better.”