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Maurizio Sarri has officially left Chelsea to return to Italy and become Juventus manager.
Sarri moved to London last summer, joining us from Napoli, and he guided Chelsea to an unbeaten start to the campaign before the loss at Tottenham in November.
Sarri guided Chelsea to a third place finish in the Premier League and success in the Europa League in his only season at Chelsea, becoming the fifth manager to coach Chelsea to a European trophy.
On Sarri’s decision to leave Chelsea, director Marina Granovskaia said: “In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant.
“He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.
“Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.
“We would also like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A and to wish him the best of luck for the future.”