Sarri's exit from Napoli confirmed amid links to Chelsea

Virginia Santiago
May 31, 2018

Maurizio Sarri is anxiously waiting for Chelsea to make him an offer to become their new boss after Napoli announced former Blues coach Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager.

But now, the club have confirmed Sarri's departure with owner Aurelio De Laurentiis offering his thanks to the Italian for his work at Napoli.

The Italian guided the Neapolitan side to an impressive second place finish - amassing 91 points - while also playing some of the most exciting football on the continent.

Napoli have twice finished as runners-up to Juventus in the past three seasons.

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An official announcement on Ancelotti's hiring is expected on June 1.

It's reported that a deal has been agreed between the former Milan and Real Madrid boss and the club, and that Ancelotti has signed on the dotted line for two years, at a similar pay to what Sarri has turned down in Russian Federation.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis was full of praise for his contributions to the club.

Ancelotti has had a highly successful management career, claiming four top-tier league titles, three Champions Leagues and three domestic cups across Europe's top five leagues.

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According to the Guardian, Sarri is keen to take over from compatriot Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, although it is unclear whether the 59-year-old is Chelsea's number one managerial target.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss had been heavily linked to the Italian national team but that role went to Roberto Mancini in the end.

Meanwhile, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri took to Twitter to congratulate Ancelotti.

Chelsea are also being linked with Leon Bailey, Jamaal Lascelles and Jean-Michael Seri. "Serie A rediscovers an excellence of our football".

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