Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Chelsea officially confirm Antonio Conte departure

55 days ago Conte celebrates Chelsea’s FA Cup win after beating Manchester United 1-0 55 days ago Conte celebrates Chelsea’s FA Cup win after beating Manchester United 1-0times photgrapher BRADLEY ORMESHER
Rita Gibson | 13 July, 2018, 16:43

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

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

Conte's been absent from all social media posts by the club, which has only fuelled rumours that he won't be in charge by the time the Premier League season starts in August.

"I wish you every success in the future", he wrote.

Conte's future with the Roman Abramovich-owned club has looked uncertain for months, however, with Chelsea failing to qualify for the coming season's Champions League after finishing fifth last term.

Nearly every top-class manager, available and unavailable, has been linked with Conte's job but in the past month or so, Maurizio Sarri has become the hot favourite.

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Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also resigned citing his disappointment with the proposals, which he said "stick in the throat". May is already believed to be dangerously close to a vote of no confidence by her party .

The sacking brings to an end a fractious two-year relationship between Chelsea and Conte.

The former Juventus boss led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in charge of the London club.

The Blues added the FA Cup to their trophy haul under Conte back in May following Chelsea FC's 1-0 win against Manchester United at Wembley courtesy of Eden Hazard's victor from the penalty spot.

"Thank you boss. Great man, great manager".

However, somewhat farcically, Chelsea themselves are still yet to release any sort of official confirmation that Conte is no longer their manager. "Jorginho would go to Chelsea regardless of Sarri".

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