Maurizio Sarri signs a 3-year deal with Chelsea/

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach on a three-year deal.

Napoli’s president revealed Sarri was close to finalising a deal to take over at Chelsea on Wednesday, two days before Antonio Conte’s sacking was confirmed by the Premier League club.

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It is understood that former Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola will be appointed as his assistant.

Sarri said: “I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.

“‘I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Austria, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action.

“I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves.”