After much speculations and negotiation, Maurizio Sarri became the new Chelsea manager in a deal that also brought Jorginho to Stamford Bridge.
The negotiation to release Sarri from Napoli was lengthy, and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed the delay was because Sarri and Chelsea wanted to sign a lot of Napoli players.
Besides Jorginho, Sarri had also wanted to bring defenders Elseid Hysaj and Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea, but De Laurentiis didn’t want that, and he made Sarri sign a “non-belligerence pact”, agreeing not to buy any more Napoli players.
“I allowed Sarri to go to Chelsea only after he signed a written agreement – not to be able to negotiate for any of our players except Jorginho who we had decided to sell,” he said.
“There was a fight not without punches – and not only on our part – to take away some other players. But they did not succeed. And so they all signed a non-belligerence pact.”