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CHELSEA have confirmed Maurizio Sarri has quit as manager to take charge of Juventus.

The Serie A champions have announced Sarri, 60, has signed a three-year deal to take charge as successor to Max Allegri who left at end of last season.

Sarri spent just 11 months in charge at Stamford Bridge, leading the Blues to Europa League triumph and Champions League qualification after finishing third in the Premier League.

But the former Napoli boss told the club he wanted to leave immediately after the Europa League win over Arsenal, with Chelsea claiming he wanted to spend more time with his elderly parents.

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.”

The announcement leaves Chelsea clear to make a formal approach to Derby for their boss Frank Lampard.


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