Chelsea suffer managerial blow as Maurizio Sarri pens one-year contract extension with Napol

Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri pens one-year contract extension with Napoli until 2021 worth £3.5m-a-year

  • Maurizio Sarri had been one of Chelsea’s options to replace Antonio Conte
  • Conte is yet to leave the Blues but his departure from the club is expected
  • Sarri has signed a one-year contract extension with Napoli to run until 2021
  • His commitment rules him out of contention to replace Conte this summer
  • Sarri’s new deal will see him earn approximately €4million (£3.5m) per year

Jaime Wright For Mailonline

Napoli have successfully fended off Chelsea by reaching an agreement to extend Maurizio Sarri’s contract with the Serie A side until 2021.

Amid concern over Antonio Conte‘s future at Stamford Bridge, Sarri has been seen as an ideal candidate to replace his fellow Italian in west London after taking Napoli to within a whisker of the Serie A title. 

According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Napoli have moved swiftly to ensure they keep hold of their manager by rewarding him with a lucrative new deal that will see him in charge for an additional season and taking home around €4million (£3.5m) per year.

The Corriere dello Sport reports that Maurizio Sarri has signed a new contract with Napoli

The Corriere dello Sport reports that Maurizio Sarri has signed a new contract with Napoli

The Corriere dello Sport reports that Maurizio Sarri has signed a new contract with Napoli

A fee of €8m would have been required by Chelsea to relieve Sarri of his previous contract with Napoli that was due to expire in 2020. However, the Italian press reported that Sarri met with the club’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis for lunch on Wednesday to discuss a new deal.

Their new agreement is a significant blow to Roman Abramovich and Chelsea should they elect to – as is expected – part ways with current manager Conte this summer.

Conte has struggled this season to maintain the standards set by his Blues in his first year as manager where they surged to a first Premier League title in two seasons.

Sarri led Napoli to a second place finish in Serie A and has been rewarded by the board

Sarri led Napoli to a second place finish in Serie A and has been rewarded by the board

Sarri led Napoli to a second place finish in Serie A and has been rewarded by the board

Consistent jibes have been thrown by Conte at the Blues board and their transfer policies, which has ultimately effected his position at the Bridge with Chelsea failing to qualify for the Champions League for the second time in as many seasons.

Despite the claims, Conte has recently insisted that reports suggesting he is itching to make for the exit door are ‘untrue’.

His statements make it clear that the Blues hierarchy are likely to be the ones to have to initiate any contract termination. Conte still has one year left on his £9million-a-year contract, however.

The Italian coach (left) signed a contract extension worth £3.5m-a-year and will run until 2021

The Italian coach (left) signed a contract extension worth £3.5m-a-year and will run until 2021

The Italian coach (left) signed a contract extension worth £3.5m-a-year and will run until 2021

With this in mind, Sportsmail has previously reported that Chelsea would not only have to pay off Conte, but also his eight backroom staff as well to make way for a successor.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was another as well as Sarri on the club’s shortlist, with rivals Arsenal also interest as they seek a replacement for Arsene Wenger. However, the Italian has ruled himself out of contention for either position out of loyalty to his current employers.

Conte still has one more match to oversee with Chelsea as he looks to salvage something from their season with an FA Cup triumph.

The Blues face Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday afternoon. 

Chelsea are still considering their options with current boss Antonio Conte's future at risk

Chelsea are still considering their options with current boss Antonio Conte's future at risk

Chelsea are still considering their options with current boss Antonio Conte’s future at risk

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