Chelsea set to sign Sarri, says Napoli president

Ruben Holloway
July 21, 2018

I'm not sure if he'll need bodyguards, either, but Sarri was certainly optimistic about a new chapter in his life and reckons Chelsea should be competing for trophies in the coming months.

Sarri arrives at Stamford Bridge after three impressive years at Italian club Napoli, but will take over at a club facing an uncertain future at boardroom level following Roman Abramovich's United Kingdom visa issues.

Conte was Jose Mourinho's permanent successor as boss and masterminded a revival from 10th place in 2015-16 to first in his maiden season in English football.

City claim Jorginho was "bullied" by Napoli to instead join Chelsea, who offered more money and eventually landed the player along with Maurizio Sarri.

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Following the confirmation of Sarri's move to Stamford Bridge, Napoli paid tribute to him.

Sarri, a former banker, said he would be starting his new job "and meeting the players" on Monday ahead of Chelsea's pre-season Australia tour.

"The club would like to thank Maurizio Sarri for the work he has done over the past three years", read a statement from the Serie A side. He proved a great success with Gli Azzurri, leading them to three top-two finishes with an attacking style of play.

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"We hope Maurizio finds, wherever he goes, that same warmth, respect and affection he enjoyed from everyone at the club and in this city".

Playmaker Fabregas "liked" a message welcoming Conte's departure on Twitter, swiftly apologising and suggesting he had pressed the button in error before wishing Conte luck for the future.

Director Marina Granovskaia added that the club were "delighted" that they have signed "One of the most coveted midfielders in Europe".

Pep Guardiola had identified the Italy global as his primary midfield target following his eye catching displays against City in last season's Champions League and even singled the 26-year-old out for glowing praise.

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Around two hours after the announcement Saturday, July 14, 2018 of Sarri's arrival from Napoli, Chelsea said Jorginho had joined on a five-year deal from the same Italian club.

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