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Chelsea have announced the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as their new manager after parting ways with Antonio Conte yesterday.

The former Napoli head-coach takes the reins at Stamford Bridge on a three-year-deal, as Chelsea confirmed through their website.

An official statement reads: “Maurizio Sarri is the new Chelsea head coach. He moves to Stamford Bridge following a successful three-year spell at Serie A side Napoli”.

The Italian man, who will start his new job on Monday, told Chelsea’s official website: “‘I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.

I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action”.

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Moreover, the signing of Jorginho from Napoli is expected to be announced in the next few hours.

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Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson revealed Chelsea asked him two times, some years ago, if he was interested to become the Blues’ manager.

I was approached by Chelsea and other clubs during my time with England. But I listened to what Chelsea had to offer. Not in financial terms, it would have been the same more or less. Eriksson told the Daily Star. “That wasn’t the question. It was what they wanted me to do and so on. I was interested, yes”.

Altough the Swede was interested, he declined both Chelsea’s approaches, the first made when Roman Abramovich bought the club, the second when the Chelsea’s owner sacked Claudio Ranieri:

It came out and became a mess. I thought I couldn’t do it and had to stay with England”. Eriksson went on. “When I say ‘had to stay’ it wasn’t something that I went home crying about. I had a fantastic job that I was very proud to have.”

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made CSKA star Aleksandr Gloving a target to bolster his squad ahead of next season.

It is understood also Juventus are keeping tabs on the attacking-midfielder, who’s been targeted by Barcelona and Arsenal too.

With Maurizio Sarri reportedly set to be appointed as new manager, the Russian starlet could become the first signing to revamp Chelsea’s midfield.

Golovin, who scored in the World Cup 2018 opener against Saudi Arabia, played the whole game against Egypt in St.Petersburg tonight.

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According to reports by the Daily Mail in the last few days Jim Ratcliffe, known as Britain’s richest man, has had a bid to buy Chelsea Football Club.

Current Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich turned down the bid as the Russian confirmed he is committed to Chelsea despite the difficulties which has emerged in the last few weeks and caused, for example, the suspension of the new Stamford Bridge‘s project.

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel said the Italian manager was among the reasons why he left Stamford Bridge earlier last season.

Antonio Conte told reporters the Nigerian midfielder was keen on a move to Chinese Super League to make a new experience following 11 years with the Blues.

However, Mikel himself believes Conte’s lack of respect and appreciation towards ‘players who have been there before and who made this club what it is today’ made the difference in his decision to leave the West London club in 2017.

Speaking ahead of international friendly game against England National team at Wembley, he said: “Definitely it was the right time [to leave] because when you have a manager who… you have to come in whoever you are – manager or player – there are people who have been there before who made this club what it is today”.

“Chelsea was nowhere near what it is 10, 15 years ago. There are players that build and build and build, then it’s all about respect. When you don’t get that from  you deal with it, you move on.

“My connection with the club has not changed because of the manager or because of a certain person. My relationship with the club remains. I am a blue and I want to remain that way for years and years to come”.

Obi Mikel spoke out also on Roman Abramovich: “It doesn’t concern me at all. The club is in really good hands, run by Marina [Granovskaia] now. She loves the club. I think she makes decisions purely on the betterment of the club, which is how a club should be run. She does exactly what Roman wants her to do”.

“Roman loves the club. He has devoted his time, money into this football club. He has made Chelsea what it is today. I don’t care what anyone says, Roman made Chelsea what Chelsea is today and I think, because of the amount of wealth he has brought into this country, everybody owes him a little bit of appreciation.”

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has emerged as the new favourite to become new Chelsea boss after meeting the board yesterday, GianlucaDiMarzio.com reports.

The Blues owner Roman Abramovich is said to be an admirer of the Serbian coach and the fact that he also speaks Russian is seen as a bonus.

Jokanovic also spent two seasons with the west London club as a player, making a total of 46 appearances, between 2000 and 2002.

Di Marzio adds that at least one more meeting will be held with the Fulham manager as some concerns remain over his experience.

As a result of this, Maurizio Sarri and Laurent Blanc still remain the top contenders.

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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 owner Roman Abramovich has been granted Israeli citizenship after delays in the renewal of his UK visa, which some view as part of a crackdown on wealthy Russians.

Abramovich, who is worth an estimated £8.6 billion ($11.4 billion), exercised his right under Israel’s Law of Return, which allows Jews from anywhere in the world to gain Israeli citizenship.

Incidentally, with his new citizenship, Abramovich has instantly become Israel’s richest person and perhaps he’ll find it easier to get back into the UK as an Israeli citizen.

Unlike the Russians, the Israelis do get a visa-free stay in the UK for up to six months straight, but it’s not clear if the decision on the Tier 1 investor visa that he needs is actually affected by the citizenship of the applicant.

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Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is willing to take the reins at Stamford Bridge following a meeting with Chelsea‘s representatives yesterday, as London Evening Standard confirmed earlier this morning.

The Italian will reportedly ask Roman Abramovich to sign some players from Napoli and a two-year deal if Chelsea trigger the £7million buyout clause, which is valid until the end of the month.

However, reports also in England confirmed Sarri will be the successor as coach if Antonio Conte leaves the club in the next few days.

We reported Chelsea target Mauricio Pochettino has extended his contract at Tottenham Hotspur until June 2023 yesterday, while Serie A side Napoli replaced Sarri with former Blues’ boss Carlo Ancelotti.

BREAKING – Mauricio Pochettino signs new Tottenham Hotspur deal until 2023

 

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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.

 

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