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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says it is in his thoughts to finish his career with Napoli as he is a fan of the Italian club.

The Italian coach left the Azzurri to move to Stamford Bridge last summer and things: the Premier League start was really good for him as he has 100% record with four wins from the first four games.

Sarri signed a three-year deal less than 24 hours after Antonio Conte was sacked, but he says he only found out of his own dismissal after watching the news on TV:

“It’s true, I found out that I wasn’t the Napoli coach anymore by seeing it on television,” he told to Naples newspaper Il Mattino.

“I had some doubts, that’s fair, but there was a clause in the contract and it wasn’t something I had asked for.

“It was not respected in the timing. Now I hope that Ancelotti can achieve what I came so close to.

“It would have been the crowning of an extraordinary story, of a dream of mine, of the team and of the whole city. Of course I happen to relive moments here, in every moment. words, but those who have done sport know that we have lost the Scudetto in the hotel.

“I hope for the city, for the fans, Napoli is an extraordinary city, it deserves to win the Scudetto, I am a Napoli fan, I am happy that Carlo is now the coach because he has not only won everywhere, but It is always done well by everyone, it means that human and professional qualities are extraordinary.”

When asked if he got the chance to say a final goodbye to the players, Sarri replied:

“No, it all happened quickly, but I want to do it right now, and I say:” You are extraordinary guys, keep it up because you can do it to conquer that dream that we have touched.

“It may be the goal to finish my career at Napoli.”

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Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis keeps showing his disappointment for how his professional partnership with current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri ended.

After his arrival at Stamford Bridge the Italian boss claimed that the departure was a misunderstanding, saying:

“I have a wonderful memory of Napoli, I love the people there and always will. If we didn’t part ways well with the club and the president, then I think mistakes have been made on both ways.

“Maybe the president misinterpreted some silences of mine, but this was the result of some uncertainties. For someone who thought it was time to go, but I was heartbroken. That is it. I think that over the next few years we will overcome this.”

However, De Laurentiis has hit back at those claims for the second time, stating that he replaced Sarri with Ancelotti because the Blues boss refused to get back to him over his future.

“Sarri? Since I’m a decent person, I asked what his intentions were right until the end,” De Laurentiis told Mediaset Sport.

“He didn’t get back to me, which I found rather rude, so I immediately turned to Ancelotti.

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Chelsea are closing in on a double move to land both Maurizio Sarri and Napoli midfielder Jorginho to Stamford Bridge, as we reported yesterday and Standard Sport confirmed today, as well as Sky Sport in Italy earlier last night.

Sarri could travel to the capital in the next few hours to finalize a deal which seemed close to collapse last week.

Jorginho was close to agreeing a move to Manchester City, who announced the signing of Ryad Mahrez on a £60m move last night.

Aurelio De Laurentiis will reportedly turn attention to Paris Saint-Germain star Angél Di Maria to bolster his squad following the appointment of former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti and Juventus’ signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly backs Azzurri‘s former manager Maurizio Sarri and believes his imminent move to Chelsea is going to be a success.

It is understood the Blues are keeping tabs on the Senegal international defender, but new Napoli manager and former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly asked Aurelio De Laurentiis to stand firm and refuse any offer for the centre-back.

Koulibaly, who won a crucial opener against Poland in the World Cup last evening, told journalists: “They [Chelsea] can expect nice football because he is a very good coach.

“I’m disappointed that he leaves like this but we have now a big coach [Carlo Ancelotti]. We know we can win something with him”.

“I hope he will win something with Chelsea because he’s a nice coach. When a coach like this comes he needs time. So I think they have to give him time because he will change the football of Chelsea, I think.

“At Napoli we enjoyed it very much as players and the supporters enjoyed it very much. At Chelsea I think it will be the same.”

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Gianfranco Zola‘s agent has confirmed the rumours who put the ex Italian player as Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant at Chelsea next season, even though he dismissed direct contacts with the Blues board for now.

The 59-year-old Italian manager has yet to be appointed as Chelsea are currently working on a compensation package with Napoli, even though he has already left his role as head coach there.

Sarri was replaced by Blues legend Carlo Ancelotti at the Azzurri last month, the Italian club are still paying him a salary since his contract runs until 2021 and had a € 8m release clause valid until the end of May that can be effective again by the 1st of July.

“There have not been contact with Chelsea or with Sarri’s staff,” Fulvio Marrucco, Zola’s agent, told CalcioNapoli24.

“The first step is to find an agreement between Conte and Chelsea for the contract termination, then Sarri needs to sign.

“Zola is very happy about the rumours.

“His managerial idols are Guardiola and Sarri. Working with Maurizio would be a fantastic thing.

“For him, it would be a return home, as Chelsea is home away from home for Zola.”

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Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is finally set to be named Chelsea manager next week and wants to bring in four key players this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Speculations have always suggested that Antonio Conte is set to leave the Blues this summer despite two successful seasons in charge, winning the Premier League in his first campaign and then the FA Cup last month.

However, the ex Juventus manager has remained to be the head coach of the club, even though Sarri was replaced by former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, with his contract with the Azzurri being still valid at the moment.

Chelsea failed to pay the €8m buyout clause – which expired last week- in the Italian’s contract while Laurent Blanc was also being lined up as a potential candidate.

However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sportitalia and more Italian publications, the final negotiations from Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia are set to be completed this week and the Stamford Bridge side will have a new manager.

That will mean Conte could get a payout of around £9m since he still has one year left on his deal.

The former Italian national team coach is reportedly on the list of Real Madrid candidates to take over from Zinedine Zidane, who shocked everyone by stepping down from the role after three Champions League title wins in a row.

That might mean that Chelsea can avoid paying out for Conte to leave, should the Spanish side really go after the former Italy national team head coach.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is among the candidates to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

The French boss quit his job at the Champions of Europe with an unexpected decision today, after winning three Champions League in a row and a La Liga title in these past three seasons.

Conte one of the contenders to take his place at Santiago Bernabéu, along with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Germany coach Joachim Löew.

It seems like the last one could be the favourite but it’s also known that Real Madrid wouldn’t encounter much resistance if they tried to recruit Conte from Chelsea, since the relationship of the Italian boss with the Blues board has fell out lately, with Maurizio Sarri ready to move to Stamford Bridge after he parted ways with Napoli last week.

The Azzurri appointed former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti as their new boss, so this make a return to Santiago Bernabéu impossible for him.


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The reportedly incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants £179m to be made available to revamp his squad next summer, Italian reports claim.

The former Napoli head coach was replaced by ex Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the 2017-18 season following another failed Scudetto bid, with rivals Juventus eventually pipping the Naples club to the title.

Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that he is keen to bring three players with him to London from the Azzurri: central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, full-back Elseid Hysaj and midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

Sarri is expected to be named as the new Blues boss soon, though the report claims he is waiting for Roman Abramovich’s approval.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is also a target, and there is a possibility that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be used in the deal for a swap.

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Chelsea target Jorginho’s agent confirmed “Napoli and Manchester City continue to talk, but we’ll have to see if Carlo Ancelotti wants him or not.”

The midfielder is hot property on the transfer market this summer and has been given a €60m price-tag: the Italian international himself claimed a couple of weeks ago that former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri was keen to bring him with him to London, should have he signed for Chelsea.

“Ancelotti was a real surprise, but football is dynamic and you turn over a new page quickly,”  the player’s agent, Joao Santos, told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“Today Jorginho is a Napoli player, he has not signed anything with anyone and Napoli have not negotiated a deal with anyone.

“However, Napoli and Manchester City continue to talk and discuss things calmly. We’ll see what happens in future.

“We’ll have to see if Ancelotti wants Jorginho or not, I don’t know what the situation is right now. The player is certainly appreciated by Pep Guardiola and many other coaches.

We’ll see what happens after the three Italy friendlies.”

If Maurizio Sarri were to take the Chelsea job, would Jorginho be more inclined to follow his former Napoli Coach?

“I don’t know about those negotiations. I can’t hypothesise a move along with Sarri to Chelsea because we don’t know yet whether that’ll happen or not.”

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Maurizio Sarri is no longer Napoli manager, as the Azzurri appointed former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti today.

The deal was confirmed a couple of hours ago and now Sarri is free to look for a new club.

Yesterday he was close to sign with Zenit St. Petersburg and that was the reason why Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis decided to open a quick negotiation with Ancelotti, who signed in less than 24 hours, but today reports from Italy suggest that Chelsea are trying to convince him to move to Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich has been keeping tracks of the coach that almost guided Napoli to an historical Scudetto this year for months and tomorrow Sarri’s entourage is expected to meet Chelsea directors to discuss about a possible deal.

Meanwhile Chelsea has to find a way to part ways with Antonio Conte, who has still got a year on in contract and doesn’t want to break it without a payout.



Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Carabao Cup semifinal's second leg vs Tottenham, Chelsea's manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed striker Gonzalo Higuain will sign very soon for the Blues. "Higuain is a few hours...