Maurizio Sarri signs deal to become new Chelsea boss

Ruben Holloway
July 14, 2018

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

Conte, 48, had returned to full pre-season training at the start of the week despite huge uncertainty surrounding his future at the club, but with one year left on his contract the Blues have made a decision to relieve the Italian tactician from his duties in west London.

Now moving on from last season, Chelsea are said to be closing in on another Italian to take Conte's place, former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.

Chelsea football club are allegedly accusing Conte of breaching his contract after confirming the end of his employment on Friday morning.

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"We wish Antonio every success in his future career", the statement read.

Conte's average of 2.14 points per game in the Premier League is bettered only by Alex Ferguson (2.16) and Guardiola (2.34). He had been waiting since winning the FA Cup in May to resolve his future at Stamford Bridge, but difficulty in securing Sarri delayed the process.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, pictured with the FA Cup trophy in May, has been sacked after two years in charge.

When asked about the prospect of the attacker moving to Real, Martinez said: 'He can play for any demanding team in the world'.

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But they are set to announce him as their tenth manager since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003, with Brazilian midfielder Jorginho also likely to join him from Napoli, despite Manchester City pushing hard for a deal earlier in the season.

The Blues are acting on the orders of incoming head coach Maurizio Sarri and opened talks with Higuain's representatives this month.

Corriere dello Sport, as quoted by The Sun, is reporting that Sarri has his sights set on the Italian defender once he finally takes over the reins at Stamford Bridge.

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