Maurizio Sarri has been officially announced as the new manager of Chelsea Football Club, replacing Antonio Conte, after the termination of his contract with Napoli. Sarri has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third worth €6m per season. He signed the termination of the contract with Napoli and is already in London to begin the new adventure.
Sarri had been chosen as new Chelsea manager weeks or months ago but numerous contractual situations complicated his appointment as Chelsea manager.
Sarri has now been allowed to leave the Partenopei in a double deal which includes Jorginho at a cost of €57m plus €8m in bonuses. The Blues also made a pledge not to buy any other Napoli player as long as Sarri is the club manager, as they would have to pay a penalty if they did.
“We thank Maurizio Sarri for the work done over the last three years,” read a Napoli statement.
“Work that allowed a growth and increase in value of the Napoli squad, confirming them as top players and producing football whose quality was appreciated all over the world.
“We wish Maurizio can find, wherever he goes, that warmth, respect and consideration that all of us in Naples never denied him. All the best to you, Maurizio.”
Sarri is 59 years old and entered late into football, working with non-league sides alongside being a banker. He joined Empoli in 2012 and moved on to Napoli in 2015 where his side’s style of play earned plaudits worldwide, and from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
As Napoli manager, he won 98 games, drew 25 and lost 25, scoring 318 goals and conceding 143 in the process.