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Antonio Conte: Chelsea set to announce departure of manager

Antonio Conte: Chelsea set to announce departure of manager

Chelsea have parted company with their Italian manager Antonio Conte after two years at Stamford Bridge, the Premier League club said on Friday.

As he was still in the final year of a three-season contract, Conte is due a £9m payoff which the club will contest.

It has been widely expected that Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri would be Conte's replacement, although Chelsea have struggled to come to an agreement with the Serie A club over his release.

Chelsea finally confirmed the sacking of title-winning manager Antonio Conte but the Blues opted for just 52 words in their statement as they failed to thank Italian.

"I wish you every success in the future".

Napoli midfielder Jorginho may be the first player to join his former coach in swapping southern Italy for London, as he prepares to take a medical at Stamford Bridge ahead of a €58m transfer.

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Conte has been on the verge of an exit since the closing stages of the 2017-18 season, but due to a multitude of reasons, the club have dallied in making it official.

Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

Conte's future was under scrutiny even as his side beat Manchester United to lift the FA Cup in May but he remained in place at the club.

The club also recorded the second-highest points tally in a Premier League season.

He also clashed with senior players such as Diego Costa and David Luiz while others had begun to grow tired of his methods.

Assuming both deals get over the line, Jorginho and Sarri should be at Chelsea by this weekend at a total cost of around €65m to secure both signings.


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