Chelsea sack coach Antonio Conte as Maurizio Sarri appointment looms

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GETTYJorginho made 33 Serie A appearances for a title-chasing Napoli team last year

"During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup".

Conte delivered trophies in his two years at Chelsea but also brought controversy.

Chelsea are expected to announce Sarri's appointment on an initial two-year contract imminently - together with the signing of Italy global midfielder Jorginho for a combined fee of €65 million (£57.5m) - after convincing Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to release the 59-year-old from his contract.

Hazard has also always been linked with a move to the Bernabeu and that speculation has heightened since Chelsea FC missed out on a place in next season's Champions League following their fifth-placed finish last term.

Chelsea began a terse, four-sentence statement on its website, "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company".




Conte still had a year left on a revised deal he signed last summer after delivering the fifth Premier League title since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003.

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

Conte is not happy at how his dismissal was handled, particularly after he came back to take pre-season training at Cobham this week. "Great man, Great manager". 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.

The chain smoking former Empoli manager - who will have to restrain himself on the touchline in England where smoking is banned - was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17. He was replaced by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti in May with the Naples club seeking to end Juventus' dominance in the league.

Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea.

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