Napoli appoint new manager after sacking Chelsea target Sarri

Napoli have appointed Carlo Ancelotti after sacking Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri.

The former Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain manager has signed a three-year deal at the San Paolo.

“I can’t talk, we’ll see each other on July 9,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia after the news was official at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.

“I am really happy and honored to be the coach of a team of such a unique city with incredible fans. Forza Napoli sempre.”

A club statement read: “Calcio Napoli are happy to announce the definition of an agreement with Coach Carlo Ancelotti to become lead the first team for the next three seasons and therefore starting from 2018-19.”

In a tweet from president Aurelio De Laurentiis, Sarri was thanked for his time at the club, putting an end to his time in Naples.


De Laurentiis wrote: “I thank Maurizio Sarri for his precious dedication to Calcio Napoli that allowed us to give the city and all Azzurri fans over the world prestige and emotions, creating a style of football admired everywhere and by everyone. Bravo Maurizio."

The move could lead to Sarri moving to Chelsea, where the Italian has been linked with replacing his compatriot Antonio Conte.


Despite lifting the FA Cup by guiding the Blues to victory over Manchester United, Conte is still believed to depart this summer.

Sarri’s expansive style of football could appeal to Roman Abramovich, who has long pursued a brand of football to charm the global game.

Zenit Saint Petersburg are also keen on Sarri and have reportedly made him an offer worth £5.2m per season, but want a reply by this weekend.

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