Chelsea part ways with manager Antonio Conte

Maurizio Sarri finally installed as Chelsea boss as Jorginho signs too

Around two hours after Saturday's announcement of Sarri's arrival at Chelsea, the English club said Jorginho had joined on a five-year deal from Napoli. It wasn't easy for me to convince you in the beginning but in the end I hope I did you proud!

Sarri has been no stranger to controversy in his managerial career and the 59-year-old had to offer Chelsea assurances with regards to his viewpoint and future behaviour before they agreed to make him Antonio Conte's successor, according to a report in the Telegraph. "Good luck for the future".

Conte won the Premier League in 2016/17 and the FA Cup the following season, but Chelsea's title defence in 2017/18 was dismal and the Blues ultimately finished fifth.

His predecessor - whose departure was rumoured throughout the last campaign as he appeared to be unhappy with the club's transfer decisions - lasted just two seasons.

Jorginho played an important role in Sarri's Napoli and the deep-lying playmaker is seen as the flawless fit for the high-tempo, possession-based style of play that the new boss is expected to bring to Chelsea.

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Chelsea beat Mourinho's Manchester United at Wembley on May 19 for Conte's second trophy of the spell, after which he said he was a "serial winner" who "can't change", citing his contract as he answered speculation it would be his final match in charge.

He added that his agreement for the sale of Jorginho with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was in place "irrespective of whether or not Sarri ends up taking charge of Chelsea".

Conte led Chelsea to the 2016-17 Premier League title in his first season as boss, but went after failing to qualify for the Champions League and a souring of relations between himself, club hierarchy and some influential players.

Chelsea's first game of pre-season is the July 23 friendly with Perth Glory in Western Australia, while the transfer window for Premier League clubs closes on August 9.

The club wasted little time in also confirmed the capture of Jorginho, with the midfielder arriving for a fee reported to be around £57 million. "Thank you for everything boss".

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