Chelsea hero Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink reveals stance on Maurizio Sarri staying – EXCLUSIVE

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Chelsea boss Sarri is attracting interest from Juventus over in Italy and, ahead of the Europa League final with Arsenal, is facing an uncertain future at the club.

The Italian has had his critics at Chelsea this season but has steered the club to a third-placed finish in the Premier League, as well as domestic and European finals.

Frank Lampard has found himself being backed for the job but Hasselbaink believes his former club should stick by Sarri instead.

Hasslebaink, speaking on behalf of Coca-Cola’s charity partner StreetGames, said: “Let’s not forget how he took over from Antonio Conte and where the team was, and how they were playing.

“Chelsea got third in the Premier League. The remit was that he had to finish in the top four because they could not stay out of the Champions League.

“They did that. They got themselves in the league cup final and lost against Manchester City. They got to the fifth round of the FA Cup and they are in a European final.

“So I think that if he wins the Europa League it’s been a very successful season. If he doesn’t, then it’s been a very good season.

“The thing is yeah, he does have to adapt to English football and we have to see if he has learned from the mistakes next year.

“But you would expect the progression and you would expect next year Chelsea to be challengers for the league.”

With Lampard steering Derby to the Play-Off final, the 40-year-old’s stock as manager is on the up.

And Hasselbaink understands speculation tipping the Blues legend to return to west London.

He added: “I can see why his name is being linked with Chelsea because he is a household name and a lot of people love him here and he is well-respected.

“For Chelsea, it’s a good thing.

“But I would like to see continuity, something growing instead of all the time breaking it up and starting again.

“But if they are to go for Lampard – which would not be a bad thing – they have to give him time.

“They have to give him the time to build something and keep the identity going that Sarri is trying to put down.”

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was playing at Stamford Bridge alongside Coca-Cola’s charity partner StreetGames. This summer Coca-Cola and StreetGames will be working together to help young footballers access coaches and pitches as part of its Premier League sponsorship #WhereEveryonePlays.

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