Maurizio Sarri has left Premier League club Chelsea to join Serie A champions Juventus.
Italian manager Sarri led Chelsea to Europa League glory and a third-place finish in the Premier League last season.
But he failed to win over the majority of Chelsea fans and has had his contract at Stamford Bridge terminated by mutual consent.
Sarri is set to take over at Juve, following Massimiliano Allegri’s resignation at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant.
‘He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.
‘Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.
‘We would also like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A and to wish him the best of luck for the future.’
As well as winning the Europa League, Chelsea also reached the EFL Cup final under Sarri. They were beaten by Manchester City on penalties.
Club legend Frank Lampard is the leading candidate to replace Sarri at Stamford Bridge and former boss Roberto Di Matteo says he is the ideal man for the job.
‘He’s definitely the right man, he’s got personality,’ Di Matteo told Sky Sports. ‘I followed Derby last season and he plays very good football – he has all the experience in the world. ‘It’s a great fit, whether it’s right now or not? Only time can tell.
‘You can’t say it’s too early, you have to give people a chance. He’s got all the tools and it will make a lot of people happy if he is the next manager.’