Chelsea Set To Seal €65m Deal For Maurizio Sarri And Jorginho

Heather Diaz
July 14, 2018

A new contract worth over £300,000-a-week remains on the table, but there is a feeling around the 27-year-old that, following such a good World Cup, that it is time for a new challenge.

Chelsea, who have also been in protracted negotiations with former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri whose appointment is imminent, may have been hoping Conte would find another job before they had to act.

The Blues confirmed the sacking of Antonio Conte as manager on Friday morning and are speeding ahead with putting Sarri in place as his successor.

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.

In Terry's final season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea sailed to the 2016/17 Premier League title in a convincing fashion in what was a fitting end to the defender's time with his boyhood club.

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Her Royal Highness opted for a custom black canvas heel in a silhouette that bridged the understated and the sexy. The pair went on to view the Book of Kells, an illuminated Latin manuscript of the Gospel, at Trinity College .

"We wish Antonio every success in his future career". Gianfranco Zola will return to Chelsea on Sarri's staff.

Conte leaves with the best win percentage 65.1 per cent of any of Chelsea's managers in the Premier League era.

The Italian had two contrasting campaigns at the helm as he over a team that finished 10th in the Premier League as defending champions and turned them around immediately to reclaim the title in 2016/17.

Under Sarri's tutelage, Dries Mertens has been transformed into one of the continent's most potent attacking threats, the Belgian scoring a whopping 56 goals in the last two seasons for the free-flowing Partenopei.

Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard have both been reluctant to commit to fresh deals with Conte still in charge until his departure was announced on Thursday.

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