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Despite guiding Chelsea to a third place finish in the Premier League and success in the Europa League in his first season in charge, Maurizio Sarri left the club for Juventus.
According to Daily Express, the Chelsea board were given a clear message by Maurizio Sarri that he wanted out from the club after the Europa League final win over Arsenal.
After Chelsea’s Europa League final win Sarri removed most of his possessions from the club, the report claims.
Sarri also returned his club car to the training ground straight after the squad returned from their win in Baku.
To ensure the message to the Chelsea board that he wanted to leave was clear, Sarri turned his club phone off for several days, which left assistant Gianfranco Zola unclear about what was going on with his boss.
Chelsea eventually granted Sarri his wishes to join Juventus after the Italian champions agreed to pay compensation fee of around £5million.
Sarri was appointed as Juventus’ new manger last week on a thee-year deal, replacing fellow Italian Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juventus at the end of last season, after winning five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and reaching two Champions League finals.
According to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, Sarri had made it clear to the club he wished to return to Italy.
“In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country,” Granovskaia said.
“He explained 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.”