Europa League champions, Chelsea, have confirmed on Sunday June 16 that Maurizio Sarri has been allowed to leave the club to become manager of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus.
Sarri’s exit from the Blues comes barely over two weeks after the 60-year-old guided the club to the 2019 Europa League title at the expense of Arsenal.
In a statement by the London club, it revealed that Sarri’s contract at Stamford Bridge was terminated at his request in order to pave way for his return to Italy.
“Maurizio Sarri is leaving Chelsea Football Club to return to Italy and become manager of Juventus,” wrote Chelsea on its website.
The statement added: “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.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “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.”
Granovskaia added: “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.”
As a result, Juventus have agreed to pay compensation to Chelsea which could rise to more than £5 million depending on how Sarri fares at the Italian champions.
Meanwhile, Sarri’s exit from Stamford Bridge paves the way for club legend and Derby County manager, Frank Lampard, to be appointed by the Blues as his replacement.
It is believed that a deal to bring the former Chelsea, Manchester City and New York FC midfielder to London as Chelsea’s next manager would cost the Blues £4 million.
That deal to make Lampard Chelsea’s next manager is expected to be completed before pre-season training kicks off in the first week of July.
As for Sarri, he returns to Italy were he was manager of Napoli, Juve’s most competitive rival for the Serie A title in recent years.
Sarri had led Napoli to a staggering 91 points in the 2017/18 season, yet still fell short of winning the Scudetto as Juve claimed the title with 95 points.
The Italian leaves Chelsea a week after the club’s star player, Eden Hazard, completed a big-money transfer to Real Madrid in a deal initially worth £88 million and could rise to £130 million in add-ons.
Thank you and good luck for the future, Maurizio. 👍 pic.twitter.com/dGHzekBNPT
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 16, 2019
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