Napoli president thanks Sarri as exit looms

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"I am really happy and honoured to manage a team with a unique city and incredible fans", said Ancelotti, as quoted by BBC Sport.

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. "Well done, Maurizio - Aurelio De Laurentiis".

"He created a model of play admired everywhere and by anyone".

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss looks set to succeed Maurizio Sarri, who hinted on Sunday he was leaving the club.

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The 49-year-old is now preparing for Fulham's Championship play-off final against Aston Villa but quit Watford after winning promotion to the Premier League in 2015.

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

Ancelotti had been linked with the Italy coaching job before Mancini's appointment.

The manager wants to try his hand in the English top-flight after leading Napoli to three consecutive top three finishes in Serie A. Sarri left the club following the end of the Serie A season.

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Zenit are prepared to pay Sarri's €8-million (US$9.4 million) release clause, in addition to a salary worth €6 million per season plus bonuses.

Antonio Conte moved closer to the exit door at Stamford Bridge after a managerial merry-go-round started in Italy.

Meanwhile, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri took to Twitter to congratulate Ancelotti.

The Senegalese global was arguably the finest centre-back in Italy and Europe's elite are already circling.

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Insigne flourished under Sarri's leadership, scoring eight Serie A goals and tallying 11 assists in 2017-18.

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