Chelsea's incredibly short send off to Antonio Conte

Chelsea part ways with Conte

Conte leaves amid reports in the British and Italian media that former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri will take over at Chelsea for next season.

The newspaper says personal terms have been agreed over a five-year contract that will see Jorginho paid around £102,000-a-week so as long as there are no late complications, the midfielder is set to complete his move over the weekend.

Sarri's appointment had been widely expected, with Chelsea agreeing compensation to bring him to Stamford Bridge because he had two years left on his Napoli deal and had remained on the Italian club's payroll after Ancelotti's arrival.

Sarri was credited with taking Napoli to the next level, both domestically and on the continent, in his three years at the club - but has yet to secure any silverware in his 13-year managerial career. The Italian coach had even overseen training on Thursday morning before being informed of his impending departure that afternoon.

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.

Outgoing boss Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season as manager but oversaw a woeful defence of their crown and eventually finished fifth in last season's standings.




Sarri has been Chelsea's top choice to succeed Conte since May, but negotiations with Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis proved fraught with difficulty.

For those wondering who Sarri is and what he can bring to the table, here are some information that can help. It is likely that Conte himself will now take a short break from football while considering his future.

With little over three weeks left in the transfer window and four until the first Premier League match of the 2018-19, Sarri can not count on time as an ally. Negotiations for the highly-rated manager's payoff have accelerated over the last 48 hours and are nearly completed.

On his new role, Sarri said: "I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League".

Jorginho is expected to join Sarri from Napoli but star man Eden Hazard continues to be linked with a move away from west London.

Incredibly the club have released a statement thanking Conte for his services to the club, but the message only consisted of 52 words.

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