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

• 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 just 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 with the director, Marina Granovskaia, on Friday and indicated his preference would be a return to Italy for family reasons, as well as the chance to coach Juve.

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