Joao Mario has rubbished a report that claimed he refused to join Chelsea because Maurizio Sarri was Italian.

According to FCInterNews and Sport Witness, such was Joao Mario’s disdain for Serie A that he did not want to be coached by an Italian.

However, the midfielder tweeted – in Italian: “Is there anyone who believes this is true? Imagination yes, but this is too much…”

The Portuguese had been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League but remains an Inter player after Thursday’s deadline, despite being surplus to requirements at San Siro.

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