Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has praised one of his former Napoli players, naming Lorenzo Insigne as the best talent Italy has to offer.
The 59-year-old spent three seasons with the Partenopei and his appreciation of the pint-sized attacking maestro has certainly not dwindled.
In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, Sarri was quick to describe the 27-year-old as, “the best Italian footballer”.
“He changed simply by believing in himself more and more. He has shaken off the uncertainties of the past and the pressure that came with being a protagonist for his home city’s team.
“If you think about it, it was only a matter of time.
“I don’t think it’s a problem of position; obviously if he plays closer to the goal he’ll produce more shots because he has the class.”
Insigne has wasted no time in finding form under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, revelling in the freedom he has been granted in the new formations being used this season – including 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 – in addition to Sarri’s preferred 4-3-3.
The Italian international has already bagged seven goals and one assist in all competitions this season for Napoli.