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Cristiano Ronaldo is understood to be close to a move to Juventus - AFP

Napoli: We avoided Cristiano Ronaldo signing due to bankruptcy risk

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that the Serie A club were offered Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo before he joined Juventus, but decided against signing him because such a mega money transaction would render the club bankrupt.
Napoli's coach Maurizio Sarri - Getty Images

Chelsea appoint Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement

Chelsea completed the long-expected hiring of Maurizio Sarri as their new manager on Friday, appointing him on a three-year deal after formally parting ways with Antonio Conte.
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Maurizio Sarri agrees to become Chelsea boss

Napoli's president revealed Sarri was close to finalising a deal to take over at Chelsea on Wednesday, two days before Antonio Conte's sacking was confirmed by the Premier League club.

Fate of recent Premier League title winning managers

Chelsea parted company with Antonio Conte on Friday a year after the Italian guided them to the Premier League title.

Chelsea sack Antonio Conte as Maurizio Sarri appointment looms

Conte, who had refused to walk away from Chelsea unless the final year of his contract was paid in full, has been waiting since winning the FA Cup in May to resolve his future at Stamford Bridge, but difficulty in securing Sarri delayed the process.
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Carlo Ancelotti: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus move good for all of Serie A

Ancelotti knows first hand what Ronaldo brings to the table having been in charge for Madrid's 2013-14 Champions League success – the first of four for Los Blancos in a five-season period.

Antonio Conte begins pre-season Chelsea training

Antonio Conte presided over Chelsea's return for pre-season training on Monday, despite persistent speculation over the Italian's future.

Antonio Conte at Chelsea training ground with future still in doubt

According to other reports, Conte and his team did not take the training session, instead attending meetings at Cobham.
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Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly backs Maurizio Sarri to be a success at Chelsea

Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly has backed Maurizio Sarri to succeed at Chelsea if he is appointed as the Premier League giants’ new manager.

Gilberto Silva: Casemiro key to Brazil’s chances in Russia

Gilberto Silva knows what it takes to win a World Cup with Brazil. He played a key role in his country's success in 2002, providing the perfect foil for Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, and he thinks Real Madrid star Casemiro can play a similar role for the class of 2018 in Russia.

Roman Abramovich, Antonio Conte uncertainty clouds Chelsea future

With their Premier League rivals already strengthening for next season, Chelsea risk losing further ground as uncertainty swirls over the future of manager Antonio Conte and even owner Roman Abramovich.

Roberto Mancini: Italy’s Simone Verdi ‘exactly like’ David Silva

Mancini signed Silva as Manchester City manager in 2010 and the Spain international has since become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

Napoli president vows to be ‘reasonable’ with Sarri suitors

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has vowed to be “reasonable” with any clubs seeking talks with Maurizio Sarri, with the Chelsea target currently left in coaching limbo.

Manchester City see €50m Jorginho offer rejected by Napoli

Manchester City have seen a €50 million (£44m/$58m) bid for Jorginho knocked back, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming that the Premier League champions have been rebuffed.

Mauricio Pochettino leads race to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

The race to succeed Zinedine Zidane is on following the Frenchman’s shock resignation from Real Madrid on Thursday, only days after steering the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League trophy.

Frank Lampard insists Derby was his ‘outstanding offer’

The former Chelsea, West Ham and England midfielder was interviewed twice by Ipswich earlier this summer, but has opted to take over from Gary Rowett at Pride Park in his first step into management.

Mino Raiola: Mario Balotelli will be a ‘bargain’ signing for Napoli

Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola says Napoli would be getting a "bargain" by signing the striker from Nice this summer.

Didier Deschamps hails Zinedine Zidane’s incredible Champions League success

Didier Deschamps hailed Zinedine Zidane as an "extraordinary" coach after his former team-mate led Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League triumph.

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