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Sarri: Juventus the ‘climax’ of my career

Maurizio Sarri has described joining Juventus as the ‘climax’ of his career.

Sarri has signed a three-year contract with the Italian champions, leaving Chelsea after just one season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The 60-year-old move to Stamford Bridge last summer from Napoli, steering the Blues to a third-place finish in the Premier League, reaching the Carabao Cup final as well as winning the Europa League in his sole season in charge, although he wasn’t a popular man among the Chelsea faithful.

However, having opted to return to Serie A just 12 months, Sarri says joining the Turin side is the ‘crowning achievement’ of his career, taking over a Juventus side which has dominated Italian football in recent seasons by winning eight consecutive league titles.

“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,” he said at his official unveiling on Thursday.

“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.”