Chelsea sign Jorginho from Napoli on a five-year deal worth £57m

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Chelsea have ended months of speculation by appointing former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach on a three-year contract. It wasn't easy for me to convince you in the beginning but in the end I hope I did you proud!

The 48-year-old Italian was axed last Friday, 55 days after lifting the FA Cup in his final match in charge, with Maurizio Sarri appointed his successor 24 hours later. "Good luck for the future".

Uncertainty clouded Conte's position all last season and on Thursday reports emerged from Italy that his Chelsea reign was over.

The former Partenopei coach also apologised earlier this year for taking exception to a female reporter's question at a post-match press conference and replying: "You're a woman, you're pretty, for those two reasons I won't tell you to piss off".

The west London side did manage to end Conte's final campaign on a positive note, however, by beating Manchester United to win the FA Cup in the final back in May.

A fifth-placed finish in the Premier League, missing out on Champions League qualification and trailing 30 points behind winners Manchester City, did little to strengthen Conte's argument to stay on.

Sarri is the 13th permanent boss at Chelsea since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in June 2003 and the sixth Italian to get the job.

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The writing had been on the wall for some time for the former Juventus manager, with Maurizio Sarri set to take over either today or tomorrow.

The Russian's visa issues, the indefinite halting of plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge and the challenge for consistent on-field success all point to hard times ahead.

His first game in charge will be in the friendly with Perth Glory on July 23.

De Laurentiis also said that Jorginho would be waiting for Sarri, 59, should he arrive in London.

His playing style contrasts Conte's and it's likely that his arrival will see the re-introduction of the 4-3-3 to the squad, who have been playing in a three-defender system for the past two seasons.

"I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge".

He then wrote on Twitter: "Thank you Mister for another Premier League title and FA Cup".

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