Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has informed closed family and friends that negotiations with Chelsea are over, CalcioNapoli24 have been informed.
The Naples-based club are causing complications over the Italian taking charge at other clubs with Napoli demanding a large compensation fee with Sarri still contracted to the club.
The situation has deteriorated over the past few days with the Blues unwilling to pay the €8m release clause in Sarri’s contract, which expired on Thursday evening.
Despite having made good progression in their hunt to appoint Sarri, Chelsea’s negotiations with the 59-year-old are over.
Sarri’s contract situation with Napoli is causing complications, with the deal still valid despite having been sacked by the club’s owner Aurelio De Laurentiis over a week ago.
Clubs hoping to appoint Sarri must, therefore, buy the manager out of his contract with the Serie A club – something Chelsea were refusing to do.
The blues’ refusal has angered Sarri and he is understood to have withdrawn from negotiations.
Today, Napoli’s lawyer Mattia Grassani explained the situation:
“Anyone who wants Sarri will have to negotiate directly with Napoli.
“Sarri is under contract until June 30, 2019. Napoli have already warned other clubs interested in Sarri that he is still on the payroll of this side.
“There are no clauses that allow Sarri to negotiate with other clubs without Napoli’s consent.”
Conte left in the dark
The Blues are undertaking their search for a new manager despite Antonio Conte remaining at the helm at Stamford Bridge.
Conte is expected to face the sack soon following the club’s very disappointing campaign in which they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
The former Juventus manager has been left in the dark over his future at the club and would be due a £9m compensation fee should the West London club relinquish him of his duties.