Serie A club Lazio has appointed former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach. They took it to Twitter to announce the deal which hands the Italian manager a contract until 2023 with the sky blue outfit.
After finishing 6th in the Serie A table last season, Lazio’s next target is expected to be that of securing a Champions League spot next season. The club, with the signing of a highly experienced manager in the name of Sarri, has already made its intentions clear. Lazio will be competing in the Europa League next season with the likes of Leicester City and West Ham from the Premier League, both of who have had a creditable last season.
Lazio confirm Maurizio Sarri with a hilarious cigarette tweet
The Italian giants appointed Sarri as their manager for the next two years and chose to make it public with a hilarious tweet regarding the gaffer’s smoking habits. The club simply chose to post a line that included a ‘cigarette’ emoji with the question “Anyone got a light?”. It was not hard for the football fraternity to guess who would be at the helm next season at Lazio as the tweet went viral on social media platforms.
The move is a big one for Sarri himself as he is set for a new challenge after being off duty since Juventus decided to part ways with him after being in charge for just 14 months. Sarri, this time, would be more determined to clinch a Champions League spot with Lazio as a round of 16 exit from the same competition last year proved to be costly for him at Juventus. According to The Sun, Sarri’s two-year deal with Lazio is worth £2.5million-a-season.
The gaffer, who guided Chelsea to their second Europa League triumph, had interests from Tottenham and Turkish clubs but chose to stay in more familiar territory. However, Lazio were not keen on offering Sarri an upgrade on the basic salary offer but there are potential add-ons – depending on qualification for Europe and winning Serie A.
As Lazio is being reported to have held talks with Sarri since the past week, there were news of the manager wanting to get his hands on Ruben Loftus Cheek and Marcos Alonso, doing the rounds. Both of the two Chelsea players were regular when Sarri was heading the operations at Stamford Bridge with Loftus-Cheek playing an impressive tally of 40 games during the manager’s final season. Sarri’s interest in Marcos Alonso is natural as the boss has already addressed the left-back position at Lazio to be a vital one to change the fate of the club.
As Lazio confirm Maurizio Sarri, the deal could turn out to be fruitful for both the club and the boss as both would be looking to prove a point as Italian football is slowly but steadily coming back on the tracks.