Tuesday 20 August 2019

Sarri seeking Chelsea exit – reports

Press Association Sport understands that Chelsea have no plans to sack Sarri.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s future remains uncertain amid talk of a return to Italy at Juventus (Bradley Collyer/PA)
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s future remains uncertain amid talk of a return to Italy at Juventus (Bradley Collyer/PA)

By Phil Blanche, Press Association Sport

Maurizio Sarri has told Chelsea he wants to leave the club this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Sarri’s future as manager has been the subject of much discussion during the end of a campaign in which Chelsea secured a return to the Champions League by finishing third in the Premier League and then won the Europa League.

Sarri has been widely linked with Serie A champions Juventus, who are seeking a successor to Massimiliano Allegri.

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Massimiliano Allegri left Juventus at the end of their season (Martin Rickett/PA)

Reports in Italy said Sarri held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia on Friday and informed her that he wanted to return to his homeland.

Granovskaia, it is said, has promised to talk to club owner Roman Abramovich about his future.

Press Association Sport understands that Chelsea have no plans to sack Sarri.

Sarri succeeded Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager last summer after spending three years at Napoli.

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It is understood Roman Abramovich, centre, will not sack Sarri (Steven Paston/PA)

The 60-year-old enjoyed a tremendous start at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea went unbeaten in 18 games.

But Sarri endured consistent criticism from a significant portion of the club’s supporters throughout the campaign and suffered heavy 4-0 and 6-0 defeats at Bournemouth and Manchester City.

Chelsea, however, reached the Carabao Cup final, which they lost on penalties to Manchester City, before finishing the season strongly.

Sarri claimed the first major trophy of his career when Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in Baku on Wednesday to win the Europa League final.

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Maurizio Sarri lifts the Europa League trophy (Adam Davy/PA)

After that game, Sarri said: “You know very well that I love the Premier League, the level of the competition, and I am lucky because I am in Chelsea, one of the best teams in the best championship in the world.

“So at the moment I am happy, but of course I want to know if the club is happy, if we can improve.

“It’s normal I think; I have a discussion with the owner after every season with every club.”

Chelsea have been linked with their former midfielder Frank Lampard, now the manager of Sky Bet Championship club Derby, should Sarri leave Stamford Bridge.

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