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Football | Maurizio Sarri leaves Chelsea to become Juventus manager

It's official.

Maurizio Sarri has left Chelsea after one season to become the new manager of Juventus.

Chelsea have confirmed that the two clubs have reached an agreement in the early termination of the Italian manager's contract, with the English club set to receive a reported £5 million in compensation.

Sarri leaves having guided Chelsea to the Europa League title - the first trophy of his managerial career - and a third-placed finish in the Premier League in his solitary season at Stamford Bridge.

Despite the success, Sarri was often criticized for his "Sarri-ball" philosophy, and was the subject of constant criticism from the Chelsea fand.

The 60-year-old joined Chelsea from Napoli last summer, but has now chosen to return to Serie A after just 12 months.

He will replace the departing Massimiliano Allegri at Juve, who have won eight consecutive Italian titles.

"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," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said in a club statement.

"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."

Gianfranco Zola will also leave Chelsea when his contract as assistant coach expires this summer.

Chelsea are now expected to approach Derby County to discuss making former club legend Frank Lampard their next manager.

The London club are currently serving a transfer ban.

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