Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Man City furious at ‘unprofessional’ Napoli over Jorginho and updated midfielder plans

Man City furious at ‘unprofessional’ Napoli over Jorginho and updated midfielder plans

Chelsea on Friday said they have parted company with their Italian manager Antonio Conte after two years at Stamford Bridge.

The 26-year-old was also targeted by Premier League champions Manchester City but chose to link up with former Napoli manager Sarri at the London club.

Chelsea released a brutally cold statement on their official website yesterday, consisting of a mere 65 words, confirming Conte's departure.

"I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea", said Jorginho, who has penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge under new coach Maurizio Sarri, who managed the player in Italy.

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Conte equalled the Premier League record for for consecutive wins (13), and the record number of wins in a season (30) when leading Chelsea to the title in 2016/17 season.

Sarri signed an initial three-year contract with Chelsea after cutting ties with the Italian club, who already appointed Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement in May in anticipation Sarri would leave.

Club director Marina Granovskaia added: "We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea".

With less than a month before the Premier League transfer window closes, it is possible that the Blues will not have enough time to identify a high-quality option and negotiate what they deem a good deal with his club. Sarri, 59, led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish in three seasons in charge.

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Maurizio Sarri assured Chelsea he does not hold any homophobic or sexist views ahead of his appointment as new head coach.

"I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves".

With little over three weeks left in the transfer window and four until the first Premier League match of the 2018-19, Sarri can not count on time as an ally.

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