Chelsea confirm Antonio Conte's sacking with terse statement

Antonio Conte

Sarri's arrival will end the managerial turmoil at the club and there is expected to be a late push to bring in new faces.

Maurizio Sarri is set to be announced as their new manager imminently, and the club are hoping that his arrival, along with an array of new signings, will help to persuade Eden Hazard to stay put.

Chelsea confirmed Antonio Conte's departure earlier today in a telling 61-word statement, ending his two-year stay in west London.

"During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup".

Conte still had a year left on a revised deal he signed last summer after delivering the fifth Premier League title since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003.

Many will argue the move is a harsh one, as Conte was decent throughout his reign and he can leave with his head held high as the Blues did not have a trophy-less season during the two terms under his tutelage. Conte's relationship with Chelsea's hierarchy was strained after disagreements over their transfer policy last season.

Conte equalled the Premier League record for for consecutive wins (13), and the record number of wins in a season (30) when leading Chelsea to the title in 2016/17 season. "I wish you every success in the future".

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Understandably, the former Juventus boss did not want to miss out on his £9m Chelsea payoff and returned for pre-season training this week.

The main reason for the prolonged saga has been compensation.

Giovanni Martusciello, who is now the technical collaborator of Inter Milan, has reportedly turned down the chance to join Maurizio Sarri's coaching staff at Chelsea.

The former Napoli boss will be joined by Chelsea hero Gianfranco Zola as his assistant.

Sarri has also presented a list of players he would like to sign.

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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