Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

End of the road for Conte at Chelsea

End of the road for Conte at Chelsea

As for Conte, it will cost Chelsea £9 million to jettison him, as that is how much he is owed for the final year of his contract.

He added: "Jorginho? Although we consider him to be a great player, for the sake of Ancelotti's style of football and knowing that the interest from Chinese clubs in (Napoli midfielder Marek) Hamsik was relative, we made a decision to assess the bids, which originally came from City".

"I would hope that, should Sarri move to London, they will let him do his job, which means planning and organisation leading to constant improvement in the players".

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has announced that Chelsea are close to appointing Maurizio Sarri as their new manager.

"Jorginho and Sarri together again?"

The former PSG man was re-signed by the Blues in a £34million deal a couple of years ago and he's picked up the Premier League title and the FA Cup too.

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Antonio Conte presided over Chelsea's return for pre-season training on Monday, despite persistent speculation over the Italian's future.

Chelsea have yet to agree upon a compensation fee for Sarri, while an appointment would mean they will also have to shed out a £9m pay-off to Conte, who still has a year left on his contract.

All that Leeds United can do now is sit and wait patiently, keeping their fingers crossed that if Sarri does become the next Chelsea manager, he will not get involved in the deal involving Blackman to Leeds.

Italian Sarri, 59, joined Napoli in 2015 and led them to second behind champions Juventus last season.

It proved a fractious campaign for the west-London club, with Conte outspoken about the congested Christmas fixture list and at times visibly agitated in news conferences.

Chelsea have alternative options in place should the talks with Sarri collapse, with ex-Paris Saint-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc likely to be the next in line to take charge.

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