Antonio Conte has been sacked by Chelsea


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Antonio Conte has been sacked as Chelsea manager.

Conte returned to Chelsea's training ground on Monday for the start of pre-season and has been putting the squad through their paces all this week.

The Blues finished outside of the top four last season, but did end the 2017/18 season by defeating Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea's bitter battle with Antonio Conte could take another twist -after the Italian was left "disgusted" over his sacking as the club put the finishing touches to Maurizio Sarri's appointment as their new head coach.

Official word goes that Conte parted ways with the London based club on Thursday.

Despite news of Conte's departure breaking and players paying their own tributes on social media, Chelsea did not confirm his exit as lawyers haggled over the terms of his pay-off.

Conte leaves with the best win percentage 65.1% of any of Chelsea's managers in the Premier League era.

But he was replaced as manager of the Italian club by Carlo Ancelotti in May.

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

However, while present players may have had issues with Conte, former Chelsea legend John Terry, who left after the league title-winning campaign had nothing but praise for him.

Conte is due a reported £9million ($11.9million) if he remains out of work for the season and with the major jobs such as Real Madrid and the Italy national post - which he occupied for two years till after Euro 2016 - filled it is likely he will sit the year out.

Former Napoli boss Sarri is expected to be appointed as his successor.

In any event, the working relationship between Conte and Chelsea is over - as soon as that is made public by the club, the appointment of Sarri, with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola as part of the backroom team, will nearly certainly follow shortly after.

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