Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea because Juventus wanted him more

Maurizio Sarri has revealed why he left the Europa League champions claiming that the Italian champions wanted him more.

Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri speaking at his first press conference since being named the new Juventus manager has revealed why he departed West London for Turin.

The Italian was at Stamford Bridge for just 12 months delivering Champions League football and silverware. But he never quite won over the fans and the board never took to him either.

The Blues did ask the 61-year-old to remain but the determination of Juventus to employ him just proved too much.

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‘When Juventus contacted me, the sensation was strong,’ said Sarri.

‘I’ve never seen a club so determined to get a coach in my 30 years here and that is what convinced me.

‘I’ve never seen so many directors all so very determined to get a single coach. They were determined, convinced and united in their choice.

‘I had 30 years of negotiations with clubs, so I think I know how to read people by now. I can read when someone really believes in what he’s saying and is totally convinced.

‘It’s not about a phrase, it’s their attitude, their approach, the effort they make to come out and meet you.

‘It shows their conviction that they want you specifically as their coach.

‘That was the most important thing, for me.

‘I liked the unity I saw in the first approach from Juventus, as that is important for me.

‘At the end of the day, you work for a club and what allows you to give another one per cent is the emotional bond with the people.

‘I needed only a couple of meetings with them to realise how determined, strong and with a solid mentality, they were. I like that.’

In all fairness, it was not going to take a lot from Juve to convince Sarri to join them. His style of football was soundly rejected by the fans and he never had the full confidence of the board.

Watch video of Sarri at press conference speaking about Ronaldo


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