Antonio Conte sacked by Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri set to replace him

Posted July 17, 2018

Chelsea won the Premier League title with Conte in his first season after joining in 2016 and also the FA Cup in his latest campaign.

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

Widespread reports emerged in England and Italy that the Blues had dismissed Conte after two seasons in charge.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has seemingly leaked the news that Antonio Conte has been sacked by the club.

That ultimately convinced Chelsea that the club could not risk the squad imploding over the next 12 months and work has been going on behind the scenes to secure Conte's replacement.

Former Italy coach Conte, 48, lifted the Premier League title with the Blues last season before Eden Hazard and company contrived to miss out on the Champions League positions this time around.

Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to succeed fellow Italian Antonio Conte as Chelsea boss
Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to succeed fellow Italian Antonio Conte as Chelsea boss

He added that his agreement for the sale of Jorginho with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was in place "irrespective of whether or not Sarri ends up taking charge of Chelsea".

The Italian was informed of his departure on Thursday, with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri set to replace him.

Napoli had wanted £8 million for Sarri, which Chelsea were unwilling to pay after the Italian club appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager.

Former Napoli boss Sarri is now poised to take over ahead of the pre-season training camp in Australia.

The episode involving Fabregas was in stark contrast to John Terry, who paid tribute to Conte on Instagram. In a time that should have been the most hard season of my career, Antonio was honest, respectful and there for me whenever I needed him.

As soon as Sarri will reach the Stamford Bridge, he might have to make some crucial moves as three stars from the current team are already under the eyes of different clubs.