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Chelsea announce Antonio Conte departure

13 July, 2018, 15:37 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • ESPN pundit Stewart Robson

Chelsea have fired manager Antonio Conte after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup.

Conte, 48, had returned to full pre-season training at the start of the week despite huge uncertainty surrounding his future at the club, but with one year left on his contract the Blues have chose to relieve the Italian tactician from his duties in west London.

Chelsea announced on Friday that they have sacked coach Antonio Conte, paving the way for Maurizio Sarri to take over.

"Thank you Mister for another Premier League title and FA Cup", tweeted Fabregas.

Contrast that to the end of his first season at the club, where Conte was feted for leading Chelsea to the league title by seven points after a record-breaking run of 13 straight wins in the middle of the season, sparked by an inspired and bold change of formation.

However, Conte's apparent dismissal drew a response from Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, who liked a tweet a Chelsea fan posted about Conte having been sacked although the Spanish 2010 World Cup victor subsequently claimed he had liked it by accident.

This was finally confirmed on Friday via a statement released by the Blues, who wished Conte success in the future.

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Former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui was appointed instead.

Napoli midfielder Jorginho has reportedly arrived in London to undergo his medical with Chelsea ahead of joining the club.

The main reason for the prolonged saga has been compensation.

Sarri's future has been up in the air since Napoli hired Carlo Ancelotti as its new coach in May.

Sarri is believed to have agreed to bring former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola - whose managerial career has stalled after a series of failures - along as one of his backroom staff.

They reportedly include Brazil-born Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, CSKA Moscow's Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and Italian defender Daniele Rugani from Juventus, the side that edged Napoli in the Serie A title race.

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