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Sarri moved by Juventus coaching approach

By AAP Newswire

Maurizio Sarri has said at his presentation as new Juventus coach that he was very moved to be approached by the Italian champions.

Sarri will take on the Bianconeri top job next season after a single season at English giants Chelsea, where he claimed the Europa League title.

The 60-year-old added he didn't feel signing with the Turin-based club was the most revolutionary decision in his career.

"Being contacted by Juve was a strong sensation because I saw that the club was very determined in choosing me," Sarri said at his unveiling.

Regarding his departure from Napoli for Chelsea last year, Sarri said he felt doubts about his ability to continue with the Partenopei, with the club's hiring of Carlo Ancelotti the nail in the coffin of his tenure.

As Sarri's past in Naples has irked some Juve fans, the coach said he is used to scepticism wherever he arrives and would look to win over the doubters.

He expected a very competitive Serie A season with new coaches such as Antonio Conte at Inter and Marco Giampaolo at AC Milan breathing life into a division won by Juventus for the past eight years.

As a meeting with superstar Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the next days has been mooted, Sarri said he would arrange with the club to meet with a couple of other representative Juventus players.

"I coached many good players and now I have to deal with the best one," he said of Ronaldo, who scored 21 Serie A goals this season.

"He set plenty of records, I hope I can help him to establish more. I had a striker (Gonzalo Higuain) who set the Serie A goal record (36, with Napoli in 2016).

"I would like to have a second one."