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Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, now it’s almost official.

Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is speaking in this moment in a press conference and claimed the deal is about to be closed:

“Sarri is close to be new Chelsea manager, maybe it will be official tonight. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything,” the Italian businessman claimed, as quoted by CalcioNapoli24.com .

“Everything it’s upon him, let’s see what happens”

Jorginho in the deal? These are separate matters”

“I accepted Manchester City offer for him two weeks ago, but I will have to apologize with them: if the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester I can understand him, then if Chelsea proposes him better wages I can understand him even more and I cannot do anything”

“But Jorginho at Chelsea is not linked to the Sarri deal”

 

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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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Gazzetta dello Sport claims Maurizio Sarri is ‘very close’ to Chelsea but warns his Napoli € 8m release clause will return in a matter of weeks.

The Italian sports paper claims Chelsea have prepared a ‘lucrative’ two-year contract for Sarri, which includes an extend option for a third season, while Blues legend Gianfranco Zola will assist him at Stamford Bridge.

However,  Chelsea would have to hurry their negotiations with Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis as the manager release clause, which expired at the end of May, will become effective again ‘at the start of July’.

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Chelsea winger Pedro has praised Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic amid reports linking him to become the next Blues manager.

The Spaniard described the Serbian tactician as a “great manager” and expressed an interest in working with him.

“We know there might be some changes, we’re awaiting. We know that he [Slavisa Jokanovic] is a great manager,” Pedro told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

“Many names have been mentioned and he is one of them. If a new manager comes, we’ll try to work in the best way possible.”

This could be a huge tip about who could be the next manager to occupy Stamford Bridge dug-out next season.

Chelsea are yet to officially announce the departure of current manager Antonio Conte although the Italian is widely expected to leave the club after failing to guide them into the Champions League last season and falling out with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

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Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri could leave the Italian side to head to Stamford Bridge, this is what it emerges after the Tuscan coach revealed that yesterday’s win against Crotone could be his last game in charge at the Azzurri.

A few days ago Sarri met Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to discuss the the coach future and there was optimism on the continuation of their professional relationship, as the Azzurri owner proposed him 4-million-per-year-contract and a 8m release-clause.

But out of the blues, after yesterday’s match, Sarri didn’t seem so sure about his future in Naples: it is believed Chelsea are keeping tracks on Sarri’s situation to propose him a deal if Conte won’t continue in London next year, this could have led the Azzurri coach to change his mind.

De Laurentiis would demand Abramovich to pay his release clause, that will exprire in the end of this month ( after that, a club that would like to appoint Sarri would have to negotiate with Napoli, and it won’t be easy)

“The season finished 20 minutes ago.The truth is as Insigne put it, even I don’t know what I will do,” the Italian coach revealed after the last Serie A game of the season yesterday.

“After the match in Florence, when it became clear we wouldn’t win the League, we gave ourselves this new target of the points record. Right now I am hungry”.

“Tomorrow I will talk to my family before anyone else. That’s what is right at this moment.”

The president needs a response quickly. We are at the end of the season and he needs to plan. I understand that he needs an answer”.

“My only confusion is that in life everything comes to an end. It’s the truth and sometimes it’s better to finish stories while they are good”.

“When I arrived, the team had finished 24 points off the top. Now, we are four points behind. We have not reached the target, but the journey has been fantastic. I need to thank the crowd. Regardless of what I am doing next year, they will always have a place in my heart.”

“Is it a complicated situation, you can’t say that we’ll move forward and try again with this group, because I don’t know whether this group will all be able to stay together. Some of them have release clauses and offers from top teams in the world”.

“I’m not sure if the club will manage to keep all of this group.”

Speaking about the extraordinary season Napoli had, he said:

“The crowd in Naples has been stupendous for the whole year. Even today, 50,000 of them supported us for our points record even though we didn’t win the Scudetto”.

“Since there have been three points for a win, anyone who has ever passed 90 points has always won.

“The team has had an extraordinary season. For three consecutive years we have had club record point hauls. We have always been growing.”

“I don’t think I could go to another Italian team immediately. The memory of Napoli would be too strong.”

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José Mourinho has got a message for Chelsea fans ahead of FA Cup final today at Wembley.

The current Manchester United manager was once a hero at Stamford Bridge but since he joined the Old Trafford side he became one of the worst enemies of the Blues fans, who arrived also to brand him as “Judas”.

“If the supporters hate me, dislike me or disrespect me, that’s something I cannot control,” said Mourinho, as per The Mirror.

“The only thing I say in relation to Chelsea supporters is that since my first day in 2004 until my last day when I was sacked a couple of years ago, they were with me unconditionally.

“That I will never forget because they did what I think great supporters do, which is to support their manager unconditionally until the last day.

“They supported me every day. They supported me every match. They supported me even on the days I was sacked, twice.”

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Speaking during a press conference today Napoli chairmain Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed he is going to meet his manager Maurizio Sarri next week:

“If I spoke to Sarri about his future? You don’t know him well… he’s really dedicated and committed to his job and even for his family is tough to communicate with him sometimes,” the movie producer said.

“We scheduled a meeting for next week to speak about the future, so I don’t know anything yet.”

Sarri has been targeted by Chelsea as the most suitable coach to replace Antonio Conte, who will probably end his adventure at Stamford Bridge after the FA Cup final against Manchester United on 19 May.

 

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Chelsea have been charged by the FA after players and coaches surrounded referee Lee Mason at half-time during last night’s 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town.

The Blues were angered when Mason awarded the hosts a corner but then blew for half-time before it was taken by Willian. The official had adjudged the required stoppage time had elapsed.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas and Antonio Rudiger led the protests. Rudiger had to be dragged away by assistant coach Carlo Cudicini, who also addressed the referee.

An official FA statement issued this afternoon read:

“Chelsea have been charged with failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

The incident occurred at half-time of yesterday’s game against Huddersfield Town. Chelsea have until 6pm on Tuesday (May 15, 2018) to respond to the charge.”

The Blues were frustrated by time-wasting and gamesmanship from Huddersfield throughout the game, the result of which decreased their hopes to secure Champions League qualification for next season, while Town gained a vital point who assured them another season in Premier League.

Chelsea currently sit fifth in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, ahead of Sunday’s final game of the Premier League campaign.

Antonio Conte’s side must win at Newcastle and hope Brighton win at Anfield, as a draw for Liverpool would see the Reds claim fourth due to their superior goal difference.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte dismissed what his friend and former team-mate Gianluca Vialli said last week speaking to Sky Sport Italia. 

The former Blues player and coach said: “Conte can’t wait to leave Chelsea, he can’t stand that they sell or buy players without consulting him.”

But, ahead of Chelsea’s London derby meeting with West Ham on Sunday, Conte hit back by claiming he has not spoken to Vialli for some time.

“Don’t forget that now Gianluca Vialli for many years has been working for Sky, he is a journalist,” he said.

“He is a friend but he is a journalist and I have great respect for him but I can tell you I have not been talking to him since one year.

“Now I think his role brings him to say something about my situation. This is not the only person that is doing this.”

“With Gianluca, we played together for many years at Juventus, he was my captain, we won the Champions League together and I consider him a friend. I understand because he is now a journalist and he has to give news to Sky and to try to speak about my situation.

“Those who know me very well, they know me, they know that in this moment I am very angry. I am very sad for this situation.

“Those who know me very well know I am trying to put all of myself to change this situation because I have great responsibility.”

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Chelsea legend and former Conte’s team-mate Gianluca Vialli said the Italian coach “can’t wait to leave Chelsea, as he can’t stand that they don’t consult him for transfer market deals”

The Blues manager seems increasingly likely to either be sacked or walk away at the end of the season, or even before that, as today’s 3-1 home defeat to Spurs practically destroys hopes of a top four Premier League finish.

“Conte can’t wait to leave Chelsea,” Vialli told Sky Sport Italia in his role as a pundit.

“He can’t stand that they sell or buy players without consulting him. The truth is, Chelsea would like a manager who is more of a club man.”

If Conte is released, it’s entirely possible he could return to the Italy bench, which remains vacant.

“Whether it’s the Nazionale or Paris Saint-Germain, he’ll find a place where he can start winning something important again. There will be a queue of contracts for him to sign.”

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