Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri was branded ‘money driven’ by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The Italian manager spent three seasons at Stadio San Paolo before deciding to leave for Chelsea in the summer.
Sarri turned the Little Donkeys into Serie A title contenders but he was accused by De Laurentiis of only wanting to get rich from the club.
In an interview with Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, the Napoli chief said: “Sarri? I thought I had met a coach who would stay at Napoli for a long time.”
“At a certain point, it became a question linked exclusively to money. Suddenly, it was established by the media that his contract must be adjusted.”
“So what is the value of an agreement just signed? We had already gone from €700,000 to €1.5million.”
“I also once heard him say that for his next contract, he wanted to get rich.”
“Sarri’s declarations of love for the city? I believed it, but then I wondered: ‘What if he was using me as a bank?’”
Sarri has made an impressive start to life in the English Premier League with his side are now unbeaten after eight league games.