Tuesday 10 December 2019

Sarri seals switch to Juventus

Maurizio Sarri. Photo: PA
Maurizio Sarri. Photo: PA

Maurizio Sarri has left Chelsea and signed a three-year deal to become manager of Juventus.

Chelsea have agreed a compensation fee, understood to be in excess of £5million, for the 60-year-old, who told the club he wanted to return to Italy in order to be closer to his family.

"The two clubs have reached an agreement for the early termination of Sarri's contract with Chelsea FC which had two years left to run and is ending at his request," Chelsea said on their official website.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: "In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country.

"He 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."

Chelsea added: "We would like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A."

Juventus confirmed Sarri has signed a three-year contract and welcomed the former Napoli boss.

"Maurizio Sarri has returned to Italy, where he has coached for the majority of his career. And from today, he will take over the reins at Juventus with a contract until 2022," the Serie A champions said.

Sarri arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer as a replacement for Antonio Conte after spending three years at Napoli.

He guided Chelsea to a third-placed finish and won the Europa League. The Blues also reached the League Cup final, losing out to Manchester City.

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