Chelsea had contacted Maurizio Sarri for a potential Chelsea return before Thomas Tuchel’s appointment but Roman Abramovich was against the idea, according to Ciro Venerato.

Sarri left Chelsea in June 2019 just a couple of weeks after leading the team to a Europa League trophy.

The decision came following the request from the 62-year-old manager himself who wanted to return to Italia for family reasons as Chelsea agreed to let him join Juventus as manager.

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In the club’s official statement, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “[Sarri] believed it is 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.”

Sarri’s tenure at Juventus also ended earlier than expected as he was sacked after just one season despite the Serie A triumph.

Interestingly, according to Italian journalist Venerato, Sarri was close to rejoining Chelsea following Frank Lampard’s dismissal — even to the point that he had already agreed.

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“Chelsea, after having sacked Lampard, wanted [to bring back Sarri],” the journalist told Radio Goal broadcast on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (via AreaNapoli.it)

“Marina Granovskaia, in particular, fought for the return of the coach. Sarri had [also] said yes to Chelsea.

“Roman Abramovich has stopped everything, however.”

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Chronicle view

While Sarri had a relatively successful season at Chelsea, it seems very unlikely that Chelsea would want him back as a long-term boss.

A four-month interim role, similar to what Chelsea previously offered to Ralf Rangnick as per his words, would make more sense.

If the report is true, many Chelsea fans will be thankful for Abramovich’s reported decision given the early success under Tuchel so far.

The German tactician’s fresh ideas has led the team to an eight-game unbeaten run, including the important win against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

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