Maurizio Sarri has left Chelsea to become manager of Serie A champions Juventus, on a three-year deal.
Sarri, who joined the Blues from Napoli in July 2018, led them to third in the Premier League and won the Europa League in his one season in charge.
It is understood a compensation fee in excess of £5m has been agreed between the two clubs for the 60-year-old.
Sarri will replace fellow Italian Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juventus at the end of last season.
“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
“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.”
Sarri signed a three-year deal last July but now becomes the ninth full-time manager to leave Chelsea under Roman Abramovich, who bought the club in 2003.
The Stamford Bridge club are unable to sign any players after being given a two-window transfer ban by world governing body Fifa – a decision they are appealing against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Blue’s legend frank Lampard could be the man Chelsea turn to for Fresh ideas and direction as talks between him and Chelsea are underway.
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