Juventus announce Maurizio Sarri’s arrival on a 3-year deal as the former Napoli manager left Chelsea after just one season.
Maurizio Sarri who left Chelsea after a one year spell in West London, is appointed by Juventus as a successor to Massimiliano Allegri, who left the club after the 2018/19 season ended.
The Bianconeri paid Chelsea £5 million in understood compensation for the manager still in contract.
“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 Granovskia.
“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.We would also like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A and to wish him the best of luck for the future.”
Roman Abramovich gave Sarri a decent budget for his first season as he signed goalkeeper Kepa in a £73 million deal and midfielder Jorginho for £50 million in the summer transfer window, and striker Higuain on loan in the winter transfer window.
Sarri, who had never won a trophy previously, won Europa League with Chelsea and also finished 3rd in the Premier League race.
Chelsea want club legend Frank Lampard to succeed Sarri but it won’t be an easy task as Derby County have wanted him to stay. The Championship side have already opened talks with Lampard over a possible contract extension and Chelsea are yet to enter the talks.
There won’t be any new players coming for the next two transfer windows in Chelsea, as they are banned by FIFA for braking regulations over the signing of youth players. The blues have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to try to get the ban overturned.
Sarri had managed Napoli before joining Chelsea, and knows the Seria A very well. He has some pressure on his shoulders as he replaces Allegri who had won 5 League titles in a row with the Old Lady.