Chelsea officially confirm Antonio Conte departure

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2018

Conte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.

The 48-year-old Italian, who returned to pre-season training this week, had one year remaining on his contract.

Antonio Conte was sacked by Chelsea for his alienation of several players and a complete breakdown in communication with the club's board, Sky sources have claimed.

The club's 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday, ending with: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career".

The Premier League side, by all accounts, parted company with Conte on Thursday as they look to have former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri appointed as their new head coach in the very near future.

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The former Italy and Juventus manager guided the club to Premier League success in his inaugural campaign in English football, but failed to retain the title last season, with the club finishing outside the top four.

Conte regularly questioned the club's ambition and dealings in the transfer window and departs after failing to guide the Blues into next season's Champions League.

The Spanish midfielder's found playing time hard to come by under the Italian, but has admiringly fought for his place instead of pushing for a move elsewhere in the two seasons they spent together.

Napoli are also expecting compensation of around £4.5 million for Sarri, who is under contract even though he is no longer their coach.

Therefore, Chelsea are being forced to pay Napoli a fee to secure Sarri's services.

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