Maurizio Sarri says returning to Italy to manage Juventus is the ‘crowning achievement of a long career’ after a year in charge of Chelsea.
Sarri was presented as the new Juventus boss on Thursday following his signing on a three-year contract from Chelsea, where he won the Europa League in his final game in charge.
The Blues agreed a compensation package with the Italian club, understood to be worth around £5m for Sarri, who felt he needed to return to his native country for “professional and personal needs” with his two elderly parents living there.
“Juve are the best Italian club right now and offered me a chance to return to Italy. It’s the crowning achievement of a long career.
“It’s been a long journey for me made up of gradual steps. I’m happy to be at the most important team in Italy and this is a further step forward after the experience at Chelsea.
“I preferred to go abroad to avoid going from one Italian team to another. The Premier League experience was amazing, but for family reasons I desired go back to Italy.
“The opportunity was given by Juventus and it is I think also the climax of the career. I feel I have respected everybody.”