Sarri learned of Napoli sack by watching TV

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has claimed that he learned about his sack from Napoli when he saw his successor Carlo Ancelotti arriving on TV.

The 59-year-old Italian tactician joined Chelsea in July after spending three years at the San Paolo.

His arrival at Chelsea was preceded by series of speculation as a reported legal tussle with Napoli and president Aurelio De Laurentiis persisted even after the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement at Napoli.

According to Sarri, he was not aware that Ancelotti was being appointed as his replacement until he saw the footage of him arriving at the offices of Filmauro, a media company owned by De Laurentiis.

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“I was out for dinner with [Giuseppe] Pompilio, the assistant of [sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli,” he told Il Mattino. “We turned on the TV and saw Ancelotti going into Filmauro.

“What did I think? I’ll keep that to myself.”

However, Sarri admitted that he had doubts on whether he wanted to stay at Napoli or leave although the decision was taken out of his hands.

When he was asked why Napoli decided to move for a new manager, he replied:

“I still don’t know. You have to ask the club. But now I’ve got Chelsea and I’m happy.

“There were reasons why I wanted to stay at Napoli and reasons why I had doubts.

“The contract that the president wanted included a release clause that expired on May 31, yet on May 21, they already signed a contract with Ancelotti.”

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