Blow for Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri expected to agree new deal at Napoli

Maurizio Sarri agrees new Napoli contract

At the beginning of the week, there were strong rumours that Carlo Ancelotti would replace Maurizio Sarri at Napoli.

There seems little doubt that Sarri has done an awesome job at Napoli, where he has turned them into Scudetto challengers.

However, it was thought that Sarri would leave Napoli this summer due to the disappointment of failing to beat Juventus to the Serie A title.

And, due to the fact that Sarri would look for a new challenge with Chelsea in the Premier League.

Sarri & De Laurentiis hold positive Napoli talks

However, in recent hours, after talks with Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis – it looks like Sarri will remain at the Italian side.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Sarri and De Laurentiis spent two hours in talks on Wednesday.

The charismatic Napoli chairman agreed a deal with Sarri to extend his contract and also receive an improvement in salary.

LAS PALMAS, SPAIN – MAY 14: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique sports a stone island jacket during the La Liga match between UD Las Palmas and Barcelona at Estadio de Gran Canaria on May 14, 2017 in Las Palmas, Spain. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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The rumours linking Sarri with Chelsea were so strong that there were suggestions the Napoli coach hard urged his coaching staff to learn English.

If Sarri does stay at Napoli, where does it leave the Blues? With Antonio Conte expected to leave the club after the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Much of the speculation now suggests Luis Enrique will be first choice for Chelsea.

However, Enrique failed to get the Arsenal job as his financial demands were reportedly too high.

These days Chelsea are not the club they were initially under owner Roman Abramovich, will they splash the cash for the former Barcelona boss?

Perhaps trying to keep Antonio Conte at the club is now Chelsea’s best option?

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