Sarri leaves Chelsea take over as Juventus boss

Soccer – Barclays Premier League – Chelsea v Cardiff City – Stamford Bridge

Soccer – Barclays Premier League – Chelsea v Cardiff City – Stamford Bridge

Chelsea legend and current Derby County boss Frank Lampard is the bookies favourite to take over as Blues manager.

Despite that success, Sarri struggled to win over the Stamford Bridge faithful and now returns to Serie A just 12 months after leaving Napoli.

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.

Chelsea would have to pay around £4m in compensation if they appoint him.

Sarri was at Chelsea for just one season, where he won the Europa League - the first major trophy of his career - and led them to a third-placed finish in the Premier League.

Sarri appeared to be working on borrowed time at Chelsea when he attempted to substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga - signed for a world-record fee last summer - moments before a Carabao Cup final penalty shootout, only for Kepa to publicly refuse. Getting Lampard from Derby could cost £4m.

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Sarri was on the verge of dismissal earlier in the campaign but turned Chelsea's season around.

There had been extensive and protracted negotiations between Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea's club director, and Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici, who flew to London to try and find a resolution.

Chelsea said Sarri wanted to return to Italy to be nearer his family, including his elderly parents. Sarri leaves Chelsea as the new Europa League champions, as well as finishing third in the Premier League, a great result considering that in 2017-18, the blues finished fifth.

Chelsea also issued a short message on social media, thanking Sarri and wishing him well for the future.

He had previously been an amateur footballer and a banker before taking over as Stia manager in 1990.

Sarri, who tussled with Juventus for the Scudetto in 2017/18, replaces Max Allegri after the six-time Serie A victor made a decision to step down as manager in Turin.

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