Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Next Chelsea manager: Blues confirm Conte sacking but Italian wants £9m payoff

Next Chelsea manager: Blues confirm Conte sacking but Italian wants £9m payoff

The Italian manager's relations with the west London club's hierarchy have appeared strained, to put it mildly, since previous year while his departure from Stamford Bridge has been flagged for months.

Friday's Chelsea statement announcing that they had "parted company" with Conte was brief, and without a thank you, but it did highlight what the club had achieved before relations soured. However, Costa had a falling-out with Conte ahead of the 2017/18 season and he didn't play for the Blues again as he went AWOL in order to force a move to his former club Atletico Madrid.

'During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup. The club also recorded the second-highest points tally in a Premier League season.

Conte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.

'We wish Antonio every success in his future career'.

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But it will be another fresh start for Chelsea with Sarri becoming the club's seventh permanent manager since 2011.

The 59-year-old coach was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti in Naples this summer but he wasn't released from his contract.

Understandably, the former Juventus boss did not want to miss out on his £9m Chelsea payoff and returned for pre-season training this week.

Juventus are ready to offload the Argentina global after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and are keen to do business before 23rd July, when Higuain would be due to report for pre-season training.

His exit could mean that Chelsea's transfer window finally grinds into gear, with Sarri understood to have already instructed the Blues board to chase a number of players, including Jorginho, who is expected to follow him from Napoli for €58 million. They claim that the deal is now complete, with Gianfranco Zola set to be appointed his assistant.

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