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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. After his appointment in the summer of 2016, the Italian enjoyed a hugely successful first season in England, instilling belief in a damaged Chelsea side and leading them to the Premier League title.

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

The club have handled Conte's departure terribly over the last few months. The club also recorded the second-highest points tally in a Premier League season.

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. "Great man, Great manager".




Conte leaves amid reports in the British and Italian media that former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri will take over at Chelsea for next season.

However, Chelsea hijacked their proposed deal with the Evening Standard claiming a £57.4m fee has been agreed with Napoli and the midfielder is now believed to have flown-in to London to undergo his medical.

Media reports said Conte's departure would take to 85 million pounds the amount Chelsea has spent on paying off sacked managers - nearly the record fee Manchester United paid in 2016 for France midfielder Paul Pogba.

Higuain played under Sarri at Napoli and the Italian wants a reunion at Stamford Bridge after putting pen to paper on a contract on Friday.

That is not Chelsea's usual protocol and it is also believed lawyers are still haggling over how much to pay the former Juventus and Italy manager.


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