Chelsea confirm departure of Antonio Conte

Chelsea confirm departure of Antonio Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte watches Champions League football slip away at the end of last season.

The former Empoli manager was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17. It is understood that he felt his situation should have been dealt with a greater degree of respect, given that he won the Premier League title and the FA Cup in his two seasons in charge.

The ex-Juventus and Italy coach's future had been under fierce speculation for months after he failed to follow up a Premier League-winning debut campaign with success in 2017-18.

Chelsea agreed a compensation package which could be worth up to £9million with Conte, who had one year left on his contract.


His intense training methods angered senior players and he alienated the board with a disparaging treatment of Spanish striker Diego Costa and constant carping over the club's failure to replace top players with those of similar ability.

Ex-Napoli coach Sarri, meanwhile, could be presented as his replacement as early as Friday, with the Blues squad already informed over the change in management. The president of the Italian club, Aurelio De Laurentis, has previously revealed that the player prefers the London club over Manchester City.

"The Sarri affair is almost at its conclusion, it all depends on him".

Maurizio Sarri is now clear to take over from Conte with just 28 days until the start of the new Premier League season.

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