Chelsea sack Conte as Sarri move inches closer

Heather Diaz
July 14, 2018

Ironically, it was Conte who handed Jorginho, holder of Italian and Brazilian passports, his first global cap for Italy in March 2016.

May's FA Cup final success means Conte - who managed Juventus from 2011 to 2014 - has won a major trophy in each of his last five seasons as a club manager.

The worst kept secret in football is finally out as Chelsea have reportedly sacked Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri replacing him.

Conte still has one more year running on his current contract and wants Chelsea to pay all of his £9m clause in full.

Chelsea sacked Conte and nearly his entire staff at the club's Cobham training ground after the Italian took a morning session yesterday, with Sarri now on the brink of taking over.

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Chelsea FC finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a spot in the Champions League.

Former Italy coach Conte, 48, lifted the Premier League title with the Blues last season before Eden Hazard and company contrived to miss out on the Champions League positions this time around. He was eventually replaced by Carlo Ancelotti on May 23 after speculation that Sarri's buyout clause would be activated by another club. Sarri could be joined by former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola as part of the backroom staff. He still has three years left on his contract in Naples, and at 27, he is at his prime, and if the Jorginho sale does go through, they won't exactly be desperate to bring a bit more money in.

Sarri is expected to be in charge of Chelsea's pre-season training camp in Australia.

The Italian pass-master was a key cog in Sarri's machine at Napoli and Chelsea have beaten competition from Manchester City to his signing to the tune of £50m. Sarri used powerful yet technically gifted midfielders at Napoli such as Amadou Diawara and Allan, so Loftus-Cheek could feature in his plans.

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