Chelsea announce Conte departure

Chelsea have finally announced that Antonio Conte has left the club after months of speculation surrounding his future.

The Italian’s position as Chelsea manager has been under threat for a number of months now, and he has been highly expected to be sacked ever since the curtain came down on the 2017/18 season.

It has been widely expected that Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri would be Conte’s replacement, although Chelsea have struggled to come to an agreement with the Serie A club over his release.

However, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis announced on Wednesday that they are close to reaching an agreement for Sarri to become their new boss.

Reports yesterday suggested that the Italian had been relieved of his duties, and now the Blues have have finally confirmed it.

A statement reads: “Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company.

“During Antonio’s time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup. In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive league victories.

“We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”

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