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Maurizio Sarri quit his playing career at age 33 and took a job at Italy’s Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank, who sent him off to work for them in London, Zurich, Frankfurt and Luxembourg.

Sarri had revealed that he enjoyed his work as a banker, but his obsession with football ensured that he kept up an amateur coaching job, but he’s claimed that banking helped him in the role that has always been his passion.

Sarri’s first club as manager was U.S.D. Stia 1925, whom he started coaching in 1990, and the 59-year-old has worked his way up 28 years later to become Chelsea manager.

Sarri has now revealed how his passion for football made him quit his job as a banker.

In an exclusive interview with the official Chelsea website, Sarri said: “I enjoyed my work in banking for the first years but then the passion for the football was really more important than that job.

“Every club after my job at Stia was another step so every season was a challenge. If you went back to those first clubs then, would you recognise the style of play from my teams now? Maybe yes, but every experience took me forward and improved it and the team took steps forward. In the end each experience informed me.

“Maybe the fundamental idea then was the same as now but of course it is really different to play the same football with the players of Serie C than with the players of Chelsea. Maybe the football at the match seems different, but the idea was the same.”

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