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Ancelotti unveiled by Napoli as Sarri link to Chelsea intensifies

 

By Paul Burrows

Carlo Ancelotti has signed a three-year contract to replace Maurizio Sarri as Napoli's head coach.

The 58-year-old former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris St Germain boss succeeds Sarri at Stadio San Paolo, less than a week after the latter secured a second-placed finish behind Juventus in Serie A.

A statement published on Napoli's official website last night said Ancelotti, who had been out of work since leaving Bayern Munich last September, would take charge for the next three campaigns.

Azzurri president Aurelio De Laurentiis had earlier thanked Sarri, 59, for his achievements in Naples.

He tweeted: "I thank Maurizio Sarri for his dedication to Napoli which has brought great prestige and joy to the city and the fans by creating a style of football which is admired everywhere and by everyone. Well done Maurizio."

In his third season in charge, former Empoli manager Sarri delivered 91 points from league games, however that haul was not enough to deny Juve a seventh straight Scudetto.

It was a third campaign of improvement from the Azzurri under his management. Napoli were runners-up in 2015-16 and, although they placed third a year later, they reached the last 16 of the Champions League.

Despite Napoli's lofty finish, De Laurentiis had aired his frustration with Sarri - linked with Chelsea despite his fellow Italian Antonio Conte remaining in charge there - over stalled contract talks.

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