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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has reached an agreement with Juventus to become the Serie A champions’ next head coach and has requested Chelsea release him from his contract to join Juventus.
The Juventus managerial job is currently vacant, as Max Allegri vacated the post at the end of the season.
Sarri is reported to have told Chelsea of his intentions to quit the club after Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku, and will succeed Allegri at Juventus, once the Serie A champions have agreed a compensation fee.
Tuttosport claim that Sarri will try to take two players with him to Juve. According to the report, Emerson Palmieri and Gonzalo Higuain are the two players he’d want to take to Juventus. Sarri signed Jorginho last summer from his former club Napoli, but he won’t be able to take the midfielder outside the club, as the 27-year-old signed a long-term deal with Chelsea.
Speaking after the final, Sarri revealed that he was satisfied with his performance in his first season at the club and will speak to the club to know about his future.
“I need to talk to the club and make sure I know what I can do for Chelsea and what Chelsea can do for me,” Sarri said.
“I love the Premier League and I’m lucky I’m at Chelsea but at the end of each season you have to sit down and talk.
“In my opinion, I deserve to stay at Chelsea but my opinion is not enough.”
However, Chelsea defender David Luiz believes the Italian should be kept.
Asked whether the club should keep Sarri, Luiz replied: “Yes. He’s doing great. He did great during the season even with all the difficulties we had.
“It’s his first season at Chelsea, his first in English football. He is a great person, a great guy, a great manager and we finished in the best way for him because we finished winning a trophy in his way.
“Even after we conceded a goal at 3-1 we continued to play his philosophy and continued to try to score more goals. It was the best end of the season for him and he deserved that.
“It is for the club to decide, but I am so happy with him. Sometimes we are with the guys we work with more than our families. We make some connections. I think Maurizio did that with us. He has some connections with us, that’s why he loves this group.”