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Jorginho: Napoli midfielder joins Chelsea on five-year deal

16 July 2018
Jorginho: Napoli midfielder joins Chelsea on five-year deal

Chelsea hired Maurizio Sarri as its manager on a three-year contract on Saturday, bringing in a headstrong coach known for his expansive, attacking approach to football and for revitalizing Napoli in his only stint with a big European club.

Maurizio Sarri has signed a deal to become Chelsea's new manager, according to reports.

'I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together, ' read Conte's statement.

Jorginho naturally sounded excited after joining the Premier League giants and was expressive in his first interview.

Chelsea have not been massive spenders in recent times but they will certainly have to cough up the cash if they want to bring one of the best defenders in the world to Stamford Bridge.

His first signing is Jorginho, the Brazil-born Italy global midfielder who has followed him from Napoli for a fee of £57million.

'I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League.

"We are delighted Jorginho has chosen to join Chelsea", said Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia.

However, many media houses claimed Napoli used the midfielder to ease Sarri's move to Chelsea.

The 59-year-old is wasting no time in bolstering his squad, with Chelsea announcing the signing of Jorginho from Napoli in a deal worth up to £57m.

Sarri is keen to work with Higuain again after the striker scored 36 goals in 35 league games under him during the 2015/16 campaign.

Conte, who had refused to walk away from Chelsea unless the final year of his contract was paid in full, was sacked on Friday morning.

During three years with Napoli, Sarri helped the club to two second-placed finishes in Serie A and won the Coach of the Year award in 2017.

Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that's it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season.