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STUNNER! Sarri agreed to Chelsea return - before Abramovich intervention

Chelsea managing director Marina Granavskaia wanted to replace Frank Lampard with former Blues manager Maurizio Sarri, it has been revealed.

According to Italian journalist Ciro Venerato, Sarri was close to becoming Chelsea manager for a second time but is now gunning for the Napoli job this summer instead.

"Chelsea, after having sacked Lampard, wanted Sarri," Venerato told RAI Sport. "Marina Granovskaia, in particular, fought for his return.

"Sarri had said 'yes' to Chelsea but Roman Abramovich stopped everything. Sarri's wife and son are pushing for Maurizio's return to Naples."

The claims come 18 months after Sarri left Stamford Bridge to join Juventus – where he only lasted one season before being sacked. Chelsea would eventually turn to fellow agent Thomas Tuchel to succeed Lampard.

Sarri's tumultuous year in west London did end with silverware after he guided the club to Europa League glory.

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