Reports: Sarri Wants to Leave Chelsea to Return to Italy

Manager Maurizio Sarri in May. Photo by BPI/REX/Shutterstock (10255945hs)

Multiple media sources, including The Guardian, Sky, and Telegraph, have reported that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has told Chelsea ownership that he wants to leave the club this summer.

Sarri was introduced as the Blues’ head coach last summer after making the move to the Premier League from his native Italy. The 60-year-old manager had served previously as the coach of Napoli in Serie A.

The Naples native has had a very interesting career as a manager. Sarri never played professional soccer and began a slow ascent through Italy’s regional and minor leagues until reaching Serie B in 2005.

He then led Empoli to a Serie A promotion in the 2013-14 season and then moved to Napoli.

Sarri left Italy to coach for the first time last season, replacing the sacked Antonio Conte at Chelsea. Despite criticism in the media and a dust-up with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in February, he had a successful season with the Blues.

He led the team to a 3rd place finish in the Premier League, a Europa League title, and qualification for next year’s Champions League.

Now, Sarri is reportedly looking to move back to his home country. While no official confirmation has been given, reports have stated that he could be Massimiliano Allegri’s replacement at Juventus.

This will be a story to keep an eye on as the summer develops.