Ancelotti a 'real coup' for Napoli as Insigne thanks Sarri

Napoli have confirmed the appointment of former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti as their new head coach.

The pair talked late into Tuesday night and then had a three-hour meeting on Wednesday morning.

Although Sarri's team won plaudits for their free-flowing, attacking football, they lacked the killer punch needed to unseat Juventus who have won Serie A for the last seven seasons.

"Everything in life ends and it is better to finish things after writing a attractive story", Sarri said after Napoli's 2-1 win over Crotone, which saw them end the season with 91 points, four behind Serie A champions Juventus.

And he is believed to have agreed a £5.3m-a-year deal with De Laurentiis, which ties him down at Napoli until 2020.

According to Sky Sports Italia, Zenit have invited the 59-year-old former banker to Russian Federation to see Saint Petersburg and their training facilities. Napoli were runners-up in 2015-16 and, although they placed third a year later, they reached the last 16 of the Champions League this term.

REUTERS  Ciro De Luca
REUTERS Ciro De Luca

The situation is complicated. You can't say you're ready to go and try again with this squad when you don't know that everyone will remain here.

What I do think is that I could not go directly to another Italian team, and that if I had to make a change I would prefer to go overseas.

The first negotiations started a while ago, but with Sarri's future unknown things moved slowly.

That would sp Maurizio Sarri in Naples, clearing the way for Chelsea to appoint the 59-year-old.

He was heavily linked with the Italian national-team job before the Italian Football Federation confirmed Roberto Mancini in the role, per Tom Doyle of the Evening Standard.

  • Stacy Allen