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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri in talks with Juventus to replace Massimiliano Allegri as boss

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Chelsea finished the Premier League season in third place and could end the campaign with a trophy courtesy of the upcoming Europa League final against Arsenal.

However, that derby clash in Baku could also spell the premature end of Sarri’s Chelsea tenure, with a move back to Italy on the cards as Allegri leaves the Allianz Stadium.

According to Italian outlet SNAI, The Old Lady have been in contact with Sarri after seeing approaches rejected by Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino earlier in the season.

The focus of Chelsea fans has been widely locked onto Eden Hazard’s plans as the Belgian nears a move to Real Madrid, with Sarri’s exit likely to be considered a far lighter blow.

Blues fans have endured a turbulent relationship with the 60-year-old since he joined last summer, with his early team selections put under scrutiny.

Both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek found it hard to break into first-team plans at the beginning of the campaign, whilst N'Golo Kante was forced into a new position.

Despite the original discontent, Chelsea have managed to end the season on a positive note after clinching a third-place finish, above both Tottenham and Arsenal.

The Europa League final on June 1 could mark Sarri’s first trophy as a manager, with a return to Italy in the pipeline.

“I think so, but I am not sure,” Sarri said earlier this week when asked if he would remain at Chelsea next season.

“I can say only that the club asked me for the Champions League, and we reached the target.

“As you know very well, I love English football. I love the Premier League, it’s fantastic and the level is the best in the world, I think.

“The atmosphere in the stadiums is wonderful. I would like very much to stay here.”

The ex-banker has won 38 of his 62 games as boss, a ratio of over 60 per cent, but he admits that it hasn’t been a perfect season.

“The season was really very difficult for us,” he continued.

“But I think at the end we are happy because we were in trouble three months ago, but were able to react very well.

“Now we have to play a very important match, the final in the Europa League. At the moment the season is very good, but the season can become wonderful.”

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