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Maurizio Sarri Leaves Chelsea To Join Juventus

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.”

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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.

 

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Maurizio Sarri says if John Terry wishes to return to Chelsea, the gates are open. Image Courtesy: Getty
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Maurizio Sarri Keeps Gates Open for John Terry at Chelsea

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has said John Terry can come back and play for Chelsea again if he wants to. The manager has kept all gates open for the Chelsea legend at the Stamford Bridge.

John Terry is now a free agent after leaving Aston Villa.

After leaving Aston Villa, the 37-year old defender is now roaming as a free agent. He rejected an offer last week from Spartak Moscow. However, Terry has opened his desire to join Aston Villa again for one more season, and he has been linked heavily since then.

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John Terry is a free agent now. Image Courtesy: Getty

Meanwhile, Sarri has insisted the club will not say no if Terry wants to come back at Chelsea.

“The last time I spoke with him he told me he wants to play for another season. I don’t know now the situation, but Chelsea is his home, of course. Of course [I am open to the idea]. He would be a point of reference for me and everyone here. I don’t know [if there is a chance]. He told me other things; he told me he wants to play. I have to speak to him.”

 

The manager further added,

“It is up to him. If he wants to play for another season, it is right he tries to play. If he wants to help us, I am really very happy.”

Sarri was also asked if Terry can return in a playing role or as a managerial role?

“I think in the coaching staff, I think. Because, as I said before, I want to give space to the young players. Fortunately, we have very strong young players: [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Ethan] Ampadu… and I’d like to give them the right space.”

It is now all down to John Terry to make the final decision. While the Blues hope to get an opportunity to bid him a legendary farewell before retiring from football.

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Maurizio Sarri says Europa League is Chelsea's priority.
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Europa League is One of Our Targets – Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has urged his players to fight for everything and said Europa League is one of their targets.

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea drawn in Group L.

Sarri is yet to chose the new Chelsea captain, but he knows he wants to win the Europa League. Gary Cahill was the captain of Chelsea under Antonio Conte. However, Sarri wants other options and Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Eden Hazard are in contention for the role.

Azpilicueta is currently the vice-captain of the side. Before entering the international break, Sarri had set himself some targets. He wants to announce the new captain soon and then to challenge for the Europa League. Sarri told the reporters,

“Nothing decided at the moment; I want to decide during the international break for the final one. I want to win everything if I can. I want to win everything. For me, it’s a pleasure to play in Europe. It’s a pleasure to play in the Europa League. It’s one of our targets.”

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Maurizio Sarri is yet to announce Chelsea’s new captain.

Before the international break, Chelsea will face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. The Blues doesn’t have too many good memories against them in the past. Bournemouth shocked Chelsea twice in the last couple of years at Stamford Bridge. The side stunned them previous season with a 3-0 win against Conte’s man.

Sarri and Howe have a good relationship between them. The Chelsea coach spoke in detail about the relationship that he built with the manager.

“I knew that Bournemouth, in this period, were winning the Championship. I didn’t know him or the players, but I knew the situation. No, I was in a non-professional team [Tegoleto] in Italy’s Serie D. I’m not surprised that Eddie has got to where he has, because he’s very clever and very intelligent.”

“So I’m not surprised. I think he is ready. He is 40, but he is ready. Probably, when I was 40, I wasn’t ready. They are a dangerous team. In the defensive phase, they are very organised. If they have the possibility to have space, they are very dangerous on the counter-attack.”

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It Will Take A Lot Of Sacrifice To Adapt To The New System – Kante

Everything has changed since Maurizio Sarri has took over Chelsea. From starting to the playing style to the different type of tactics. And midfielder N’Golo Kante has said that he is ready sacrifice everything to get used to the new role he’s given by the new manager.

N’ Golo Kante is ready to adapt to the style of the new manager.

Chelsea started their Premier League campaign in a top manner as they trashed Huddersfield Town 3-0 at their home. Kante, who is now a World Cup winner has kept his good form going. The French midfielder dominated the mid and also scored a goal in the first game.

Kante claimed that he has been mentally preparing for the switch since pre-season and believes his game will improve as a result.

The 27-year old told The Mirror:
“Now the system is ­something ­different, especially the way we play now. So, even during the ­holidays, we were thinking and talking about how to adapt. It will require a lot of sacrifice from us all, so that is why I have to continue ­moving forward as a player.”

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Coaches will come and go, but the attitude should be same towards everyone, believes Kante.

“I have worked with ­different managers in the past and different systems. The best way to always keep your position [in the team] is to ­remain focused and have the same attitude towards ­everyone. So that is what I am going to try to do again this season.”

Kante is living his life at the moment. After winning the Premier League with Leicester City, he moved to the Stamford Bridge and also won the Premier League there with Chelsea. And with the national team, nothing changed for the midfielder. France went on to win the World Cup in Russia and Kante played a major role in bringing the success.

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Chelsea Manager Sarri says Kepa Arrizabalaga is not as good as Thibaut Courtois at the moment.
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Kepa is Not Good as Courtois at the Moment – Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes the fans should not expect performances like Thibaut Courtois from their new goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga at the moment.

The Chelsea manager believes it will take some time for Kepa to be as good as Courtois.

Soon after Thibaut Courtois made his decision to leave Chelsea, the Blues were desperately in search of a replacement. In meanwhile, Chelsea was failing to find so, and as a result, they had to keep Courtois till then.

But when the Belgian forced a move to Real Madrid, the Premier League side had no other option, but to trigger the release clause of Athletic Bilbao’s, Kepa Arrizabalaga. The deal cost them £71.6m, and it made Kepa the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football.

However, Sarri has looked to lower the expectations on his new signing. He believes the Spaniard still has a lot of improvement to do before he can reach the level of his predecessor.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga

When asked if he can be as good as Chelsea’s former keeper, Sarri said,

“Not at the moment. Not at the moment for sure, but he is very young, 23 I think. So I hope he can improve very fast. But for the moment he is not Courtois, of course.”

“We lost one of the most important goalkeepers in the world but we bought a good, young keeper, I think one of the most important among young goalkeepers in Europe, so I’m really happy.”

The manager Sarri also talked about his another signing Mateo Kovacic who has joined the Blues on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

“I think he has the characteristics for us. He is able to play between the lines of the opponent, for us that could be very important.”

Chelsea pulled off these two deals just before the deadline day in the English Premier League.

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Thibaut Courtois has informed Chelsea that he wants to leave. Image Courtesy: Getty
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Thibaut Courtois Tells Maurizio Sarri he Wants to Leave Chelsea

As time is passing by, the departure of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea looks closer than ever. According to the sources, the goalkeeper has informed his new manager, Maurizio Sarri he wants to leave.

Thibaut Courtois has pleaded Chelsea to let him go.

In the FA Community Shield final, Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0, as it was the 5th Community Shield final defeat for the Blues. Meanwhile, both Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard are still on holidays and didn’t feature in the game.

However, Courtois returned to pre-season training with Chelsea on Monday, and he finally broke his silence and said to his manager that he wants to leave.

Spanish club Real Madrid are linked highly with the Belgium goalkeeper. It got revealed that negotiations were done between the clubs, but the Blues didn’t let Courtois go, as they failed to find a replacement for him.

Thibaut Courtois is also entering the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge. And it also makes things complicated for the Blues, as they would not want to sell him as a free agent next season.

Along with Courtois, his team-mate Eden Hazard was also linked highly with Real Madrid. But according to the latest reports, it is known that Sarri has managed to convince the playmaker to stay.

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Thibaut Courtois has informed Chelsea that he wants to leave.

However, Chelsea defender David Luiz believes the departure of both Hazard and Courtois won’t affect the Blues. The Brazilian told reporters,

“Of course. I think Chelsea has a fantastic squad, with fantastic players. I want them to stay because we have top players with the confidence. They know Chelsea a lot, so they know what they’ve had here, the fun they’ve had here. Everybody loves them, and I hope they can stay. [But] if they decide to leave, I think we will continue with fantastic players.”

The transfer window in the English Premier ends on 9th August, and the world is waiting to see if both the Belgium superstars stay with the Blues or not.

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I Am Still Waiting For The Best Morata – Maurizio Sarri

Life has not been easy for Spain forward Alvaro Morata came to play in the English Premier League. He couldn’t live up to the expectations in the first season with Chelsea and it also resulted in an exclusion from the World Cup squad.

The Chelsea Manager hopes Morata will rise up in the next season.

But the new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri hopes Morata will find his form back and waiting to see the best version of him.

Morata’s future has been clouded by uncertainty all summer after a disappointing first season in English football. He scored just  just three times in the final five months of the campaign.

Speaking after the match in the International Champions Cup, Sarri insisted that Morata is in his plans.

“I’m still waiting for the best Morata. In the first match [against Perth Glory] Morata did not play very well, in Australia. But tonight, especially in the first 30 minutes, he improved a lot. I am satisfied and I am very confident in him for the future.”

Sarri also revealed that he had been encouraged by Chelsea’s performance. But he wants them to speed up their possession game even further as they build towards the start of the new season.

“So far, I am satisfied. I am of course waiting for the other players from the World Cup but these players gave me total availability. So now I am satisfied. I’ve seen in the match something that we tried during the sessions. So far, so good.”

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Alvaro Morata (Image Source: Google)

The new manager also said that he already started loving life in Chelsea.

“I like the sound: ‘Sarri-ball, Sarri-ball, Sarri-ball’. But I don’t know the meaning, really. Because we move the ball very quickly? This evening we moved the ball well, but I think not at the right speed.”

Chelsea will face Manchester City in the FA Community Shield 5 August.

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Transfer Latest: Chelsea To Meet With Juventus For Higuain And Rugani

As the days are going, the transfer window is getting heated up more. According to reports, Chelsea and Juventus are set to hold talks on Saturday as the Blues target moves for a number of Juventus players.

Rugani has been heavily linked with the Blues.

Chelsea CEO Marina Granovskaia will meet with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici while Maurizio Sarri’s side prepare to face Inter. Sarri has targeted moves for a number of Juventus players due to his familiarity with Serie A. He has already secured the arrival of Jorginho from Napoli.

A second bid of £45 million ($59m) was lodged for centre-back Daniele Rugani earlier in the week. Chelsea are hopeful  that these talks will allow a breakthrough to be made in their pursuit of the Italy international.

The Blues have already seen a £36m ($47m) bid rejected by the Bianconeri for Rugani. But he remains Sarri’s primary defensive target.

Should Rugani prove unattainable, Chelsea will turn their attentions to his team-mate Mattia Caldara. The 24-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Massimiliano Allegri’s side. He has signed for Juve in January 2017 before being loaned back to Atalanta for 18 months in a bid to gain further experience.

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Caldara has been linked with a move away already this summer. AC Milan reportedly keen to bring him to San Siro in a deal that would potentially see Bonucci move in the opposite direction.

Argentina international Higuain is surplus to requirements at Juve following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. And the Blues are hopeful that Saturday’s talks could see them jump to the head of the queue in that race.

Sarri managed Higuain during his time at Napoli. He is keen to bring the former Real Madrid man to west London to spearhead his attack.

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Maurizio Sarri wants all Napoli players at Chelsea, Claims Aurelio De Laurentiis.
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Maurizio Sarri Wants all Napoli Players at Chelsea, Claims Aurelio De Laurentiis

New Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri is keen to have the entire Napoli team at Stamford Bridge, claims Napoli chief Aurelio de Laurentiis. The duo left on bad terms after Sarri got sacked earlier this month.

Sarri got accredited for his incredible revolutionary one-touch football at Naples. This quick movement of the ball had helped Napoli become one of the best teams in Europe last season. However, he was sacked and got replaced by experienced, Carlo Ancelotti. After lengthy discussions, Chelsea decided to name him as the new manager at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri immediately managed to get Jorginho to the club post his arrival. Jorginho was very close to moving to Manchester City, but he moved to Chelsea instead.

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The midfielder was very important to Sarri and his system to be implemented at the club. But de Laurentiis accuses Sarri of wanting more Napoli players at his new club.

“I didn’t like when he said that both of us had made errors, because I don’t believe I made any,” De Laurentiis said. “Then, even worse, he wanted dismantle this squad and take it all to England.”

Chelsea have had a tough season under Antonio Conte, as they failed to clinch Champions League spot. The team will now compete in Europa League and should begin freshly under Maurizio Sarri.

Despite Napoli president’s comments, it remains to see if Sarri can get more Napoli players at Chelsea.

Chelsea Facing Pressure in Transfer Market

The Blues are the traditional buyers in the market in their continued pursuit of success.

However, this season looks way different for Chelsea. They might sell all their top players to big clubs and could be left with inferior players.

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Eden Hazard is likely to shift his base from Chelsea to Real Madrid this summer. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The primary objective for Sarri is to convince his essential players to stay at the club for next season. Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are being linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu. On the other hand, winger Willian is drawing plenty of interest from Barcelona.

Although there is still plenty of time in the transfer business, the club will be hoping to keep their leading players.

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Jorginho has signed for Chelsea from Napoli.
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Transfer Latest: Napoli’s Jorginho Signs for Chelsea

Chelsea confirmed Maurizio Sarri is the new manager on Saturday. Along with him, Jorginho has followed all the way from Napoli to join the Blues.

Jorginho has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho has followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea. He becomes Chelsea’s first signing of the season. He has signed a five-year contract and will wear the no.5 shirt. The new manager said,

“I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea. It is not easy to become part of such a big team, so I am very, very happy. I am excited to play in such an intense league, for a team that gives everything to play and win.”

Club director Marina Granovskaia added,

“We are delighted because Jorginho joined Chelsea. He was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and will become an important member of the playing squad. He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge.”

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From his position as a deep-lying playmaker in a midfield trio, Jorginho was a vital cog in Sarri’s Napoli. The 26-year old is a highly technical footballer. He is capable of dictating the tempo of play in possession with quick passing and movement.

In Europe’s big five leagues last season, no player had more touches of the ball per minute than Jorginho. Alongside his technical qualities, he is a combative player willing to put his foot in to regain possession. And, his positioning without the ball further aids his effectiveness in front of the defence.

Jorginho is the perfect fit for Sarri’s high-tempo and possession-based style of play. He will look to continue from where he left off in Italy, the country for whom he has eight caps at international level.