CHELSEA have confirmed Maurizio Sarri has quit as manager to take charge of Juventus.
The Serie A champions have announced Sarri, 60, has signed a three-year deal to take charge as successor to Max Allegri who left at end of last season.
3 Juventus announced Maurizio Sarri has signed a three-year deal as manager
Sarri spent just 11 months in charge at Stamford Bridge, leading the Blues to Europa League triumph and Champions League qualification after finishing third in the Premier League.
But the former Napoli boss told the club he wanted to leave immediately after the Europa League win over Arsenal, with Chelsea claiming he wanted to spend more time with his elderly parents.
The Blues cleared the way for their manager to leave after they agreed a £7million compensation package with Juve.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant.
"He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.
"Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.
"We would also like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A and to wish him the best of luck for the future."
The announcement leaves Chelsea clear to make a formal approach to Derby for their boss Frank Lampard.
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The Championship club have yet to be contacted by the Blues and have pressed ahead with talks to try and tie Lampard down to a new deal at Pride Park.
The Chelsea legend is the man the club want to lead the club next season, and he is expected to bring Jody Morris in with him as his assistant and could target Didier Drogba to form part of his backroom team.
But owner Roman Abramovich is understood to have given the green light for the process to get Lampard back to the club to begin.
3 Maurizio Sarri led Chelsea to Europa League glory last season in his last game in charge of the clubCredit: AFP or licensors