Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has lashed out at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich after publicly declaring interest in starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said on Wednesday that the 18-year-old has the qualities his side want amid reports of repeated bids for the winger.
The former Napoli boss said: “I think that it’s not professional, because they are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea. So they didn’t respect our club, I think.”
Sarri, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Thursday, said he recommended Chelsea need to recruit two players, but declined to say their positions.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match with Newcastle, Sarri added: “As you know very well I am not involved in the market. I spoke with the club and the club knows very well my opinion. In my opinion we need two players.
“Then it depends on the club decision. I don’t know anything about the market day by day or minute by minute.”
Sarri declined to comment on persistent links with his former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at AC Milan from Juventus.
He did say if Alvaro Morata leaves, with loan moves to Sevilla and Atletico Madrid mooted, Chelsea would need a replacement.
“Of course, if Morata will go to another club we need a replacement. It’s normal,” Sarri said.
“At the moment Morata is here, so I think he has to think only to play. Because in this moment in Europe there are 300 players involved in the market and they need to think only to the next match otherwise it’s impossible to play.”