Despite interest coming from AC Milan, as well as the Italian National Team and Fiorentina, Sassuolo manager Eusebio Di Francesco has signed a new contract that sees him stay at i Neroverdi until at least 2019.
Di Francesco had been named as a possible successor to Antonio Conte for the National Team, with Conte heading to Chelsea next season. There was also interest coming from the Rossoneri, who had him down as a possible long term replacement to Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Neither the National Team, Fiorentina, nor AC Milan will get their wish, however, as Di Francesco was rewarded with a brand new, upgraded contract to stay at Sassuolo for another three years. Di Francesco has guided i Neroverdi to the brink of European football, with a draw to Sampdoria during the week putting a dent in their ambitions.
Eusebio also guided Sassuolo to the Serie B title in 2013, promoting them to the top flight Serie A. He was bizarrely sacked in January 2014 after a poor run of performances, then reinstated just three months later in March after results didn't improve anyway. Di Francesco steered the club away from relegation that season, and the club has steadily risen since.
Sassuolo have beaten Milan four times in all competitions, while the Rossoneri have managed just three wins against them. Sassuolo are also just four points behind the Rossoneri, so there's a chance they could leap ahead of them before the season ends, which would just be adding salt to the wound, really.