Friday, 17 August, 2018

Cesc Fabregas leaks news of Antonio Conte sacking?

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Shannon Reynolds | 14 July, 2018, 02:53

The club have yet to confirm Conte's departure, but it is understood that he was relieved of his duties after taking training yesterday morning.

Players such as David Luiz and Willian would have been moved on, though Chelsea were also concerned Eden Hazard might opt against signing a new long-term contract while Conte remained at the helm.

Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Chelsea at The London Stadium, in east London on December 9, 2017.

Relations between Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy had always been hard but deteriorated markedly over a hard second season with regular disagreements over transfer policy.

A legal battle is looming between Antonio Conte and Chelsea after the Premier League club sacked the Italian tactician.

Chelsea have always been rooting to replace their current manager Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri, but Napoli have since been holding on to their €8m (£7m) compensation fee for Italian.

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One man who had worked under Conte's stewardship for the two-years he was in charge is Fabregas.

He has won a Premier League title and an FA Cup in consecutive seasons.

Even before that, Fabregas openly criticised Conte's defensive tactics as Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona in February.

Maurizio Sarri has already been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti as Napoli boss.

But Sarri's appointment is now set to go through and he is expected to be joined by Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola and Giovanni Martusciello, who he worked with at Empoli. With just 12 days before Chelsea's first pre-season game and less than a month before the transfer window closes - Sarri will need to get to work quickly and efficiently. There is a chance that an interest may be reignited with Sarri's arrival though, as he has been such a crucial part of his Napoli team over the past few seasons.

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