Chelsea have confirmed Maurizio Sarri has left the club after just one season to take the helm at Juventus.
The Italian coach oversaw a third-place Premier League finish in 2018/19, as well as winning the Europa League, but has now departed west London.
Sarri to Juve: Five things to know…
- Sarri joined Chelsea from Napoli in July 2018.
- He secured a third-place PL finish and won the Europa League, but was a polarising figure among match-going Chelsea fans.
- Sarri was on the verge of dismissal earlier in the campaign but turned Chelsea’s season around.
- Massimiliano Allegri stepped down as Juve coach after five years in the Turin dugout.
- Chelsea will reportedly turn their attention to Derby County in an effort to appoint Frank Lampard as their new manager.
Despite finishing the campaign on a high note, Sarri never truly endeared himself to the Chelsea faithful and has now left after just the single campaign in the Stamford Bridge hotseat.
Sarri will succeed Massimiliano Allegri, who called time on his Juve managerial career at the end of the season, and a compensation fee believed to be in excess of £5m has been agreed between both clubs.
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“In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant,” said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
“He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.”
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Zola set to leave Chelsea
Sarri’s assistant manager and Blues legend, Gianfranco Zola, will also part company from the capital club this summer.
The 52-year-old returned to his old stomping ground last summer to work alongside his compatriot in a one-year deal, but neither party will renew that contract.
The Italian is now set to leave upon the expiration of his contract, but has reportedly been offered an ambassadorial role at the club.
It is yet to be revealed whether Zola will take up that role or whether he will join Sarri in Turin as part of his backroom staff at the Serie A champions.