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Report making the round, claim Chelsea have shown Antonio Conte the exit door leaving room for Maurizio Sarri to take over from him.
The long-running saga over Conte’s future appears to have been resolved with Chelsea sacking him as manager and appointing Sarri, according to Sky Sports.
Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed Chelsea was close to completing a €65million (£57.5m) combined deal to appoint Sarri as their new head coach and sign Italy international midfielder Jorginho.
Sarri has been Blues’ top choice to replace Antonio Conte, but the Premier League club has been trying to pull the 59-year-old from his contract since May, with De Laurentiis holding out for a reported €8m (£7m) in compensation.
However, Conte’s apparent dismissal drew a response from Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, who liked a tweet a Chelsea fan posted about Conte having been sacked although the Spanish 2010 World Cup winner subsequently claimed he had liked it by accident.
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. “Thank You Boss,” Terry posted on Instagram alongside a photo of the two of them holding the Premier League trophy. “Great man, Great manager. I wish you every success in the future.”
Conte is due a reported £9million ($11.9million) if he remains out of work for the season.
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