Antonio Conte sacked by Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri set to replace him

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

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

After months of speculation, it looks like Chelsea will finally replace Antonio Conte with Napoli's Maurizio Sarri, after comments made by the Italian club's president, Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is heavily expected to take control of the Blues despite Conte attending pre-season training this week.

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

A major reason behind the delay to Sarri's appointment was the hard negotiations with Conte, who has insisted that Chelsea must sack him because he would not resign.

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Even with Conte set to leave, it seemed as if Willian would follow, regardless of who took over the reigns at Chelsea, as Man United and Barcelona both expressed interest in his services.

This one is probably more of a dream than a reality for Chelsea fans, but Sarri may be able to force a move through.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas apologised after committing a social media blunder in the aftermath of manager Antonio Conte's exit from Stamford Bridge.

However, his future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain as, despite winning the FA Cup, they finished fifth in the last campaign and failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

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Chelsea have alternative options in place if negotiations with Sarri break down.

His three years at Napoli saw him develop one of the most thrilling sides in Europe.

Conte is also holding out for his £9m and intends to work his a year ago of his contract unless he gets it, having not had any concrete offers from other clubs and after turning down Italy's interest in re-appointing him.

Chelsea has yet to make a signing during this offseason transfer period.

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Conte, who is now into the final year of his contract, also spent much of the weekend at Chelsea's base.

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