Chelsea confirm Sarri’s departure to Juventus

Maurizio Sarri Chelsea

Chelsea have officially confirmed that Maurizio Sarri is leaving as manager to join Juventus.

The club revealed in a statement on Sunday that they reached an agreement over a settlement package with the Italian giants, with the fee being left undisclosed.

Sarri joined Chelsea from Italian side Napoli last summer and will now be returning to his homeland, with moving back to Italy said to be part of his reasoning behind leaving the Blues.

Chelsea director, Marina Granovskaia, said: “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.

“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.

“Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.

“We would also like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A and to wish him the best of luck for the future.”

Despite some criticism towards the start of the campaign, Sarri led Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League and secured the Europa League crown with a 4-1 win over Arsenal in the final.

Chelsea will now be on the search for their next manager, with Frank Lampard heavily linked with the job after his debut season in management with Derby County ended in a play-off final defeat to Aston Villa.