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Tottenham contact former Chelsea and Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri

Tottenham contact former Chelsea and Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri to replace Jose Mourinho
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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly approached Maurizio Sarri as they continue their search for a new manager to replace Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was sacked by Spurs on Monday, less than a week before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, after an underwhelming season that includes them sitting in seventh in the Premier League, along with a surprise last-16 exit from the UEFA Europa League.

According to a report from Football Italia, Spurs have made contact with Sarri's representative Fali Ramadani, with them being keen to offer the job to the Italian during the summer.

Whilst he was sacked by Juventus last August, Sarri is still under contract with the Italian club until June 2022, with Andrea Pirlo replacing him.

Juventus can still terminate Sarri's contract a year earlier by paying him a £2.2 million fee by the end of April.

Sarri is desperate to return to management after being sacked by Juventus after a disappointing 2019/20 season in Europe, that saw them get eliminated in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League against Lyon, whilst they won the Serie A and lost the Coppa Italia final against Napoli on penalties.

However, Spurs do face competition from numerous Serie A clubs, including AS Roma, who are reportedly his preferred destination if he opts to return to Serie A management.

If Spurs do land Sarri's signature, it would that they would be appointing two former Chelsea managers in a row, after Mourinho.

Sarri was in charge of Chelsea in the 2018/19 season, winning the UEFA Europa League whilst finishing in the top four of the Premier League, yet his football did not please plenty of Chelsea fans, leading to him falling out of favour.

A report from La Gazzetta dello Sport last week has revealed that Spurs are looking into the possibility of replacing Mourinho with Sarri.

The report adds that Spurs were initially interested in going for Sarri in the summer of 2018, when had left Napoli to become the manager of Chelsea.

However, Spurs' primary target is RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann, and Sarri would be a back-up option if they do not get their man.


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