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Chelsea Confirm Sarri Is Leaving To Become Juventus Manager

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Chelsea football club have confirmed that Maurizio Sarri is leaving to return to Italy and become manager of Serie A champions, Juventus.

The London side have reached an agreement with the Italian at his request to terminate his contract which still has two two years left to run.

A statement by Chelsea director, Marina Granovskaia, read:

"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.

"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.

"Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.

"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."

Sarri joined Chelsea from Napoli in 2018 and made a strong start to the Premier League before their form dip midway into the season. They eventually finished 3rd by the end of the season, securing a Champions League spot.

He, however, navigated Chelsea through the Europa League group stages in the first half of the season with ease and the knockout games in 2019 on their way to lifting the title in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In the Carabao Cup, Chelsea beat both Champions League finalists, Liverpool, and Tottenham on their way to the finals where they lost only on penalties to eventual domestic treble winners, Manchester City.

City's neighbours, Manchester United, ended the blues run in the FA Cup in the fifth-round with a home defeat.