Leicester City 'disappointed' by Enzo Maresca's Chelsea decision – full statement

Enzo Maresca has left Leicester City after just one season
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Leicester City have expressed their disappointment at Enzo Maresca’s decision to leave the club after just 12 months and join Chelsea.

In announcing the Italian’s departure from the King Power Stadium on Monday afternoon, City suggested they were frustrated with the timing of Maresca’s switch to Stamford Bridge and that he “no longer wants to be part of our vision”. The 44-year-old had signed a three-year deal at City last summer, but despite returning the club to the Premier League in his maiden campaign, he’s opted to jump ship after Chelsea came calling.

Maresca has expressed his own annoyance over issues behind the scenes at the club and had asked for talks with the hierarchy. Those talks were held in the wake for Championship title win, and Maresca had reaffirmed his commitment to the club, with planning under way for the new Premier League campaign.

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When Chelsea registered their interest, Maresca’s position changed. City are “disappointed” in that, but also wish him well in his career. The club also confirmed that his release clause, thought to be around £10m, had been met, and that the pursuit of a new boss had begun.

In a statement, the club said: “Leicester City Football Club can today confirm the departure of Enzo Maresca from his position as first team manager. Given the promising foundations established during his single season in charge, the club is disappointed that Enzo has decided at this stage that he no longer wants to be part of our vision.

“However, with Enzo’s decision made and the board’s terms for his departure met, we wish him well in his future endeavours. He leaves with the appreciation of everyone at the club for his work in helping us to achieve an immediate return to the Premier League during the 2023/24 season.

“Staff members Willy Caballero, Danny Walker, Michele De Bernardin, Marcos Alvarez, Javier Molina Caballero and Roberto Vitiello will also be leaving the club. The board will now commence the process of appointing a new manager that will lead our return to the Premier League and continue the implementation of our long-term vision for the success of Leicester City Football Club.”

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