Like his immediate predecessors Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, Sarri envisages a long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
"It does not depend on him or us - the club want him and he wants stay, but it depends on the work permit".
"Then it depends on the club".
In contrast, Sarri has had to work his way up from lower-league managerial jobs and is yet to win a major competition despite enjoying an impressive spell at home-town club Napoli which saw him land the Chelsea role.
"I think it's very important to start with a trophy", Sarri added. "At this point of the season it is important the performance, we have to improve up close". "I can say that I am very lucky to be here".
Sarri wants to narrow the gap to City.
"In this moment it's a very hard match", Sarri said. "We are trying to learn quickly".
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"If at the end we decide to bring another one, it is because he's a special player, can be a special player for the future, not to have one more player for the number".
'So, I don't know.
"The way we play is we attack forward, we defend high, we try to get the ball from them and then play our football". But only maybe one player. Pedro has signed a one-year extension to keep him at Chelsea until 2020, while Arsenal have announced that Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Willian cut a forlorn figure at times under Conte and has been linked with Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer. There is no Willian problem.
"Of course, he needs more time to work everything but the ideas are already there, so I think it'll be a good game [ on Sunday]". It was a very positive conversation. "I am happy about it".
Considering Chelsea will also be without Thibaut Courtois, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, it's pretty much an even field for both sides. It is true that you never know how long it can take, it is true that we still have a few players who are not with us, but with the squad we have, we have to try and go with everything we have on Sunday and try to lift the trophy.