Conte Set To Bid Chelsea Farewell After Two Years

Conte has clashed with Chelsea staff over when their players should return for training

Antonio Conte has finally been let go by Chelsea, with Maurizio Sarri waiting in the wings as the next Blues boss.

Conte looked certain to leave this summer and his exit has been confirmed, despite the Blues' 1-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley in the FA Cup final in his last game in charge.

Widespread reports on Thursday claimed Conte has been sacked, and the club released a statement announcing the 48-year-old had been axed the following day.

But Chelsea player Cesc Fabregas has thanked Conte on social media and wished him "luck for the future".

However, while present players may have had issues with Conte, former Chelsea legend John Terry, who left after the league title-winning campaign had nothing but praise for him.

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Napoli refused to end Sarri's contract despite hiring Carlo Ancelotti as manager.

Conte departs a year before his contract was due to expire and will now be in line for £9million in compensation.

It is reported that Chelsea owner Roman Abrahimovic has agreed to pay the £9 million compensation fee to Conte.

In any event, the working relationship between Conte and Chelsea is over - as soon as that is made public by the club, the appointment of Sarri, with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola as part of the backroom team, will nearly certainly follow shortly after.

The appointment of Sarri could help Chelsea land Napoli's Jorginho.

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