Maurizio Sarri had agreed on a sensational return to Chelsea to replace Frank Lampard, only for the deal to be vetoed by Roman Abramovich.

That’s according to Italian journalist Ciro Venerato, who says Sarri’s family are now pushing for him to return to Napoli.

Lampard was sacked by Chelsea last month after 18 months in the job, having replaced Sarri at Stamford Bridge following a tumultuous year in charge for the Italian.

The Chelsea legend was quickly replaced by Thomas Tuchel, with the Blues moving to secure the German’s signature following his departure from Paris Saint Germain back in December.

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Before his appointment, Tuchel was one of several names to be linked with the job; the shortlist having been anything but given the money and talent squad on offer at the club.

It seems, though, those in charge, namely Marina Granovskaia, had eyed up the return of a former boss to replace the outgoing Lampard.

“Chelsea, after having dismissed Lampard, wanted the coach back,” Venerato told RAI Sport, relayed by Area Napoli.

“Marina Granovskaia, in particular, fought for the return of the coach. Sarri had said yes to Chelsea.

“However, Roman Abramovich stopped everything. Sarri’s wife and son are pushing for Maurizio’s return to Naples.”