Just In: Sarri to leave Chelsea, as he agrees deal with Juventus

Maurizio Sarri has reached an agreement with Juventus to become the Serie A champions’ next head coach and has requested Chelsea release him from his contract to join the Bianconeri, Goal understands.

Fali Ramadani, Sarri’s agent, met with Chelsea management Friday to discuss his client’s future with the club as a move to Turin draws closer and closer.

The 60-year-old Sarri intended to wait until the end of the season, and specifically the Europa League final, to consider the subject of what came next in his career.

But the Chelsea boss has received an offer from Juventus that would pay him €7 million (£6m/$8m) to succeed Massimiliano Allegri, who had coached the Bianconeri to five straight league titles, at the club.

Ramadani relayed news of that offer to Chelsea, as well as Sarri’s request to be allowed to join Juventus, though the Blues will take a few days before providing the manager with an answer.

Chelsea do not want to be unprepared for Sarri’s departure and are targeting a new manager before giving the green light for their current boss to leave.

Former Chelsea star and current Derby County manager Frank Lampard has been linked with the job in recent weeks, though the ex-Blues midfielder has downplayed those reports in the build up to his side’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the Championship promotion play-off final.

Sarri appears to have beaten out a host of candidates for the position, though that list includes a trio of managers in Mauricio Pochettino, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp who were unlikely to depart for Turin due to their strong relationships with their current clubs.

Having been the subject to speculation about his job for much of the second half of the season, and enduring a difficult relationship with the Chelsea supporters, Sarri did not share the same connection to the club as his Premier League colleagues.

Should Sarri depart for Juventus, he will leave Chelsea having improved on the league position achieved by Antonio Conte in 2017-18, going from fifth to third, and returned the club to the Champions League for next term.

He also guided the Blues to a pair of finals, falling to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup decider on penalties while defeating London rivals Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final on May 29.

Sarri will be joining a former rival in the process, having guided Napoli from 2015-18, guiding them to a pair of second-place finishes behind Juventus.


Chelsea coach Sarri makes record in Chelsea’s victory over Cardiff City

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, on Saturday made record in Chelsea’s 4-1 victory against Cardiff City in the Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge.

Sol Bamba shocked the Blues with Cardiff’s first away goal of the season, but Eden Hazard’s treble and a late goal by Willian ensured victory for the West London club.

The win means that Sarri became the fourth manager to win his first five Premier League games in the competition history.

The Italian joined an elite club of Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester).

Sarri’s men are now currently occupying the number one position on the EPL log with a goal difference of plus 1, just above second placed, Liverpool.

Eden Hazard had a blast in the game and his hat-trick showed he is so much ready for the season.

However, Sarri believes Hazard can be even more prolific if he preserves his energy more to make the difference in the final third:

“I thought that Hazard was one of the best players in Europe. But now I change my mind because maybe he is the best,” said Sarri of the man crowned the second-best player at the World Cup this summer.

“Hazard can improve more. I think he can spend less energy than now at 50 or 60 metres from the opposition goal,” added the former Napoli boss. “I told him… for me you can score 40 goals but you have to spend less energy. You have to play in the last 25 metres.”


Chelsea coach, Sarri reveals only person who can make him stop smoking

Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri has finally revealed the person that can make him stop smoking cigarettes.

The Italian, however, said that his father, Amerigo is the only one person who can make him quit smoking.


“When my father (Amerigo) learned I had this offer from Chelsea, he told me to go to London, that it was the right thing to do,” Sarri told Il Mattino.

“He did ask me to stop smoking at least while I’m here.

“He is the only one who for five minutes can make m, however, in my convictions,” he said.

However, given the fact that smoking is prohibited inside English football stadia, Sarri has been forced to abandon his matchday habit by the Blues owner, Roman Abramovich, although the 59-year-old was pictured smoking in his technical area in the game against Newcastle.

Chealsea Football Club however created a special booth for Sarri to smoke anytime his team his playing at home, since he is not permitted to smoke within the stadium.

Sarri’s men, who are currently occupying the second position on the Premier League log, will face Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge this weekend.


Official: Chelsea close on signing Sarri, Jorginho

Chelsea are close to completing a deal for Maurizio Sarri to replace Antonio Conte.

Sarri’s former boss Aurelio De Laurentiis said “Sarri is close to being new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.”


The Serie A club president also noted that Jorginho, who has been in advanced talks with Manchester City for a number of weeks, would prefer a move to London and could follow Sarri to Chelsea.

The current Chelsea head coach, Antonio Conte, however, took training at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Monday and still has 12 months left on his £9m-a-year contract. He would seek payment for the final year of his contract if the club signs Sarri.

Chelsea are yet to make a single move in this summer’s transfer market but it is understood Sarri’s arrival could also prompt the arrival of CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin and Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.

The summer window closes in less than a month, Chelsea head for West Australia and their first match of the pre-season on July 23.