Maurizio Sarri appointed head coach of Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea hired Maurizio Sarri as its manager on a three-year contract on Saturday, bringing in a headstrong coach known for his expansive, attacking approach to football and for revitalizing Napoli in his only stint with a big European club.

The Italian, who won the Premier League in his first season at Stamford Bridge, irked the Chelsea hierarchy by using press conferences last season to accuse the board of not signing his targets.

"I think Chelsea is a good team", he said."The problem is that in England there are another five, six very good teams". Sarri, 59, led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish in three seasons in charge.

As recently as Thursday, Jorginho told City that he preferred to join them, but sources told ESPN FC he was "bullied" into a move to Chelsea with the threat of being forced to see out the remaining two years of his contract with Napoli.

"It's impossible in my job to promise something, but I surely would give all my possessions to win something with Chelsea".

For Sarri to feel at home on the blue side of London, Chelsea will need to prepare a smoking area for their habitual smoking manager.

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Jorginho is expected to follow the manager from the Serie A club, with Chelsea set to beat out Manchester City to the midfielder's signing.

Koulibaly was a key factor for Napoli last season as they pushed Juventus all the way in the Scudetto race with the southern giants becoming the first team ever to not win the title having picked up over 90 points.

The Italian global completed his medicals in London as he joins his former Napoli coach, Mauricio Sarri, who was also unveiled as manager of the Blues.

Conte was sacked just 55 days after guiding Chelsea to FA Cup glory at Wembley and a year after winning the Premier League.

Saari becomes the 13th managerial appointment by Blues owner Roman Abramovich since his takeover of the club in 2003, including Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink on two occasions.

On a related note, Conte's departure from Chelsea comes after a turbulent season at the helm of Stamford Bridge.

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