Maurizio Sarri Appointed Chelsea Boss

Maurizio Sarri Appointed Chelsea BossMaurizio Sarri Appointed Chelsea Boss

Chelsea has appointed former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as its new head coach on a three-year deal.

Napoli’s president revealed Sarri was close to finalizing a deal to take over at Chelsea on Wednesday, two days before Antonio Conte’s sacking was confirmed by the Premier League club, Sky Sports reported.

Former Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola will be appointed as his assistant, according to Sky in Italy.

“I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League.

It is an exciting new period in my career,” Sarri said. “I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves.”

Sarri’s regular brushes with Italy’s football authorities had looked likely to cost him the chance of becoming Chelsea’s next manager earlier this summer.

A series of misdemeanours - the most recent a 20,000-euro fine and two-game ban in January for alleged homophobic abuse of Roberto Mancini - looked to have steered the west London club away from appointing the 60-year-old.

Sarri was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti as Napoli manager last month but remained at the club as a compensation settlement between the 51-year-old and the Serie A club was agreed.

According to Sky sources, Napoli midfielder Jorginho also arrived in London on Friday ahead of a potential $75m move to Chelsea.

Sky Sports News understands Chelsea and Napoli have agreed a deal which features an initial $66m fee with $9m in bonuses.

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