Maurizio Sarri: a look back at the Italian’s highs and lows at Chelsea – video


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Maurizio Sarri has joined Juventus on a three-year contract after securing his release from Chelsea. The 60-year-old had a turbulent tenure as manager, winning the Europa League in a comfortable 4-1 victory over Arsenal and suffering the Blues’ worst ever Premier League defeat, at the hands of Manchester City. Chelsea are eyeing up club legend Frank Lampard as his replacement

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Chelsea confirm Maurizio Sarri’s exit and will ask for Frank Lampard talks


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• Sarri leaving to become Juventus head coach
• Chelsea want Lampard from Derby to replace himChelsea have confirmed that Maurizio Sarri has left the club after one season as head coach and joined Juventus. The club will now approach Derby for talks with Frank Lampard in the hope of appointing him.

Related: Chelsea make Frank Lampard their No 1 target to replace Maurizio Sarri

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Aston Villa target loan move for Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu


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• Other clubs monitoring Welshman’s availability
• Villa’s John Terry knows Ampadu from Chelsea trainingAston Villa are interested in signing Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan from Chelsea if the 18-year-old becomes available this summer. Ampadu, who played more for his country than his club last season, is set to be targeted by Villa should Chelsea decide that the Wales international would benefit from playing regular first-team football elsewhere for a year.

Ampadu, who joined Chelsea from Exeter City two years ago, is highly rated and several other clubs are monitoring his potential availability – something that will only become clear once Maurizio Sarri’s replacement at Stamford Bridge has had an opportunity to assess the squad.

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Chelsea set to push for Frank Lampard talks after Maurizio Sarri exit


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• Derby braced for formal approach for their manager
• Lampard high on Chelsea’s list of candidatesDerby are expecting an approach from Chelsea to speak with Frank Lampard following Maurizio Sarri’s departure for Juventus.

The manager’s exit after one season at Stamford bridge should be confirmed in the next 24 hours after agreement was reached over compensation to buy out the remaining 12 months of his £5m-a-year contract.

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Juventus and Chelsea reach agreement in principle over Maurizio Sarri


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Premier League fixtures 2019-20: Manchester United host Chelsea on opening weekend


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• Manchester City start the defence of their title at West Ham
• Liverpool play opening match of season at home to Norwich

Manchester City will start the defence of their Premier League title at West Ham. The 2019-20 fixtures, announced on Thursday morning, handed Pep Guardiola’s team an opening match at a venue which has proved to be productive for them since 2017.

City, who have won successive Premier League titles, have picked up three points in east London in the last three seasons – scoring four goals on each occasion.

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Eden Hazard to Real Madrid: a transfer almost 10 years in the making | Sid Lowe


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Zinedine Zidane identified the Belgian in 2010. Finally he has his man and Hazard will start despite the heftiest competition“I would take Eden Hazard with my eyes closed.” Zinedine Zidane’s words are not from this week or last; they’re not from last year, the year before, or even the year before that. Real Madrid’s manager said that in April 2010, almost a decade ago, when the Frenchman was just about to return to the Bernabéu as presidential adviser and Hazard was 19 and playing for Lille. He was also, Zidane said, “the star of the future”. Now, aged 28, he is Madrid’s present, not just their latest galáctico but their first for five years. He has been a long time coming.

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Maurizio Sarri set to sign three-year deal with Juventus


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  • Chelsea manager given the all-clear to return to Italy
  • Juventus believe they will not have to pay a fee

Maurizio Sarri is set to join Juventus on a three-year contract after securing his release from Chelsea.

Related: Real Madrid announce signing of Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £88.5m

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Real Madrid announce signing of Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £88.5m


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• Deal, subject to medical, could rise to £130m with add-ons
• Belgian will sign five-year deal and earn £400,000 a weekReal Madrid have announced the signing of Eden Hazard on a five-year deal. The 28-year-old will be officially unveiled on Thursday once he has undergone his medical and with Real and Chelsea having agreed a fee of €100m (£88.5m) rising to €146.1m (£130m) with add-ons.

The fee – as revealed by the Guardian on Wednesday– reflects the fact Hazard had only one year left on his contract and, therefore, making Chelsea largely powerless to keep the Belgian. He departs after seven hugely successful years at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League twice, one FA Cup and two Europa League titles, and is expected to earn £400,000 a week at the Bernabéu.

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Chelsea appeal against transfer ban to court of arbitration for sport


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• Club due to be banned from signings for two windows
• Move comes after Fifa rejected Chelsea’s appealChelsea have appealed to the court of arbitration for sport over the two-window transfer ban imposed by Fifa after the club were found guilty of breaching rules regarding their dealings with overseas players under the age of 18.

Related: Real Madrid to sign Eden Hazard after agreeing a fee with Chelsea

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Real Madrid to sign Eden Hazard after agreeing a fee with Chelsea


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• Belgian to cost in the region of £88.5m plus add-ons

• He becomes third Real summer signing after Militão and Jovic

Eden Hazard is set to join Real Madrid after the Spanish club and Chelsea agreed a fee in the region of €100m (£88.5m) plus add-ons.

Hazard said after Chelsea won the Europa League final against Arsenal that “I think it is a goodbye, but in football you never know”. At that point Real and Chelsea had not agreed on a fee but on Wednesday night they did with the announcement set to follow in the next few days. The two clubs are now preparing the contracts to be signed.

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Maurizio Sarri would welcome Italy return after ‘heavy year’ with Chelsea


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• Chelsea manager says ‘the call of home is strong’
• Juventus expected to buy out last year of Sarri’s contractMaurizio Sarri has admitted he would welcome a return to Italy after “a heavy year” at Chelsea as Juventus edge ever closer to luring him back to Serie A.

The Italian champions have met the former Napoli manager and his agent and are expected to buy out the remaining year on Sarri’s £5m-a-season contract to secure him as a successor to Massimiliano Allegri.

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Maurizio Sarri tells Chelsea he wants to return to Italy with Juventus


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• Manager met London club officials on Friday for talks
• Juve have reportedly offered Sarri a contract until 2022

Maurizio Sarri’s stint as Chelsea’s head coach looks set to be cut short days after he lifted the Europa League trophy in Azerbaijan after the Italian held talks with the club’s hierarchy and made clear his desire to return to Serie A with Juventus.

The 60-year-old steered Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League, secured Champions League qualification and claimed the first major silverware of his coaching career courtesy of Wednesday’s 4-1 thrashing of Arsenal in Baku over a tumultuous first campaign in English football. However, despite having signed off at the Olympic stadium stressing his “love of the Premier League”, it is understood Sarri met the director, Marina Granovskaia, on Friday and indicated his preference would be a return to Italy for family reasons, as well as Continue reading “Maurizio Sarri tells Chelsea he wants to return to Italy with Juventus”

Maurizio Sarri tells Chelsea he wants to return to Italy with Juventus


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• Manager met London club officials on Friday for talks
• Juve have reportedly offered Sarri a contract until 2022

Maurizio Sarri’s stint as Chelsea’s head coach looks set to be cut short days after he lifted the Europa League trophy in Azerbaijan after the Italian held talks with the club’s hierarchy and made clear his desire to return to Serie A with Juventus.

The 60-year-old steered Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League, secured Champions League qualification and claimed the first major silverware of his coaching career courtesy of Wednesday’s 4-1 thrashing of Arsenal in Baku over a tumultuous first campaign in English football. However, despite having signed off at the Olympic stadium stressing his “love of the Premier League”, it is understood Sarri met the director, Marina Granovskaia, on Friday and indicated his preference would be a return to Italy for family reasons, as well as Continue reading “Maurizio Sarri tells Chelsea he wants to return to Italy with Juventus”

Eden Hazard looks to the future having proved he can make time stand still | Barney Ronay


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Bewitching Belgian is set to depart Chelsea as an old-fashioned showman whose majesty cannot be told in numbers

One of the things that always stood out watching Eden Hazard play for Chelsea was the way the game sounded a bit different when he had the ball. The press seats at Stamford Bridge are low down and right behind the managers’ dugout, a kind of clanky metal pillbox crammed with swivelling press-box heads.

From there you can hear most things that happen on the pitch quite clearly, from the clicks and clacks of the ball being passed and trapped; to the familiar deep thunk of David Luiz attempting one of his full-body tackles, those moments where he simply runs right through his man without seeming to realise what he’s doing, like a large, game friendly dog on YouTube confused by the existence of double-glazed patio doors.

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Eden Hazard looks to the future having proved he can make time stand still | Barney Ronay


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Bewitching Belgian is set to depart Chelsea as an old-fashioned showman whose majesty cannot be told in numbers

One of the things that always stood out watching Eden Hazard play for Chelsea was the way the game sounded a bit different when he had the ball. The press seats at Stamford Bridge are low down and right behind the managers’ dugout, a kind of clanky metal pillbox crammed with swivelling press-box heads.

From there you can hear most things that happen on the pitch quite clearly, from the clicks and clacks of the ball being passed and trapped; to the familiar deep thunk of David Luiz attempting one of his full-body tackles, those moments where he simply runs right through his man without seeming to realise what he’s doing, like a large, game friendly dog on YouTube confused by the existence of double-glazed patio doors.

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Uefa investigates claims turnstiles were opened in Baku to fill empty seats


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• Local officials alleged to have taken action against Uefa wishes
• Governing body looking into it with stadium authoritiesUefa is investigating claims that local officials opened the turnstiles at Baku’s Olympic Stadium during the Europa League final on Wednesday because of embarrassing pictures of empty seats.

A lack of direct flights, the price of charter options and the usual concerns about high ticket prices and accommodation costs resulted in Chelsea and Arsenal returning around half of their 6,000-ticket allocations.

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Uefa investigates claims turnstiles were opened in Baku to fill empty seats


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• Local officials alleged to have taken action against Uefa wishes
• Governing body looking into it with stadium authoritiesUefa is investigating claims that local officials opened the turnstiles at Baku’s Olympic Stadium during the Europa League final on Wednesday because of embarrassing pictures of empty seats.

A lack of direct flights, the price of charter options and the usual concerns about high ticket prices and accommodation costs resulted in Chelsea and Arsenal returning around half of their 6,000-ticket allocations.

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David Luiz tips Hudson-Odoi to fill Hazard void and be a Chelsea legend


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• ‘He has the talent one day to be like Eden,’ defender says
• Fee of around £100m should seal Real Madrid move for HazardDavid Luiz has insisted there will be life after Eden Hazard at Chelsea and earmarked Callum Hudson-Odoi, the young England forward whose impressive campaign was so cruelly cut short by injury, to fill the void left by the departing Belgian.

Hazard confirmed his intention is to leave for Real Madrid in the immediate aftermath of an inspirational performance to claim the Europa League at Arsenal’s expense, with talks between Chelsea and the Spanish club ongoing. A fee of around £100m should see the forward swap Stamford Bridge for the Bernabéu after seven seasons in the Premier League, with the trophy claimed in Baku his sixth major honour from his time in London.

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Would letting Maurizio Sarri leave really be sensible for Chelsea? | Jonathan Wilson


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The manager could go after a trophy and top-three finish. Eden Hazard is on his way. It sums up the modern Chelsea

You hope Maurizio Sarri enjoyed his first trophy in professional football – but this, surely, was not how he imagined it as he whiled away the hours on the ForEx desk of his bank in Florence. Perhaps he had dreamt of one of the great citadels of European football, of Wembley or San Siro, of the Camp Nou or the Luzhniki, but instead he got the Olympic Stadium in Baku, a place so ill-conceived that not only is the stadium inaccessible to most of Europe but the pitch seemed inaccessible from most of the stands, laid out like a Subbuteo cloth laid upon a snooker table as though somebody had seen the London Stadium and thought: “We’ll do that, but more so.”

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