Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Maurizio Sarri agrees to become Chelsea boss, with Gianfranco Zola as assistant

Maurizio Sarri agrees to become Chelsea boss, with Gianfranco Zola as assistant

Chelsea have parted company with their Italian manager Antonio Conte after two years at Stamford Bridge, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Chelsea hoped that another club might attempt to buy Conte out of the final year of his Stamford Bridge contract as he was unwilling to resign, but Paris Saint-Germain's appointment of Thomas Tuchel and Real Madrid's choice of Julen Lopetegui eliminated the possibility.

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is expected to be Sarri's right-hand man at the club but according to Sky Italia, as cited in a report from Calciomercato, the Blues had approached Martusciello to gauge his interest in joining the club. The Italian worldwide was thought at one stage to be heading to Manchester City, but Sarri and Chelsea have managed to convince him to forego a season of Champions League football and move to West London instead.

He's set to be appointed imminently after Chelsea confirmed the departure of Antonio Conte.

Conte still had a year left on a revised deal he signed last summer after delivering the fifth Premier League title since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003.

"I wish you every success in the future".

"Thank You Boss", Terry posted on Instagram alongside a photo of the two of them holding the Premier League trophy.

This text will now form the basis of Chelsea's evidence against their former manager.

Sarri, who split his time between banking and playing football before he took up coaching aged 40, has not won a major honour in three years at Napoli but has guided the club to finishes of second, third and second again.

Therefore, Chelsea are being forced to pay Napoli a fee to secure Sarri's services.

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