Chelsea appoint Maurizio Sarri as Conte’s replacement

Dean Simpson
July 21, 2018

Widespread reports on Thursday claimed Conte has been sacked, and the club released a statement on Friday morning announcing the 48-year-old had been axed.

Finishing fifth in the league in 2017-18, missing out on Champions League qualification, and friction with the Chelsea hierarchy and influential players prompted Conte's departure after two seasons.

Chelsea and Napoli have agreed a deal which features an initial £50m fee with £7m in bonuses.

Antonio Conte
Image Antonio Conte won the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea

I'm not sure if he'll need bodyguards, either, but Sarri was certainly optimistic about a new chapter in his life and reckons Chelsea should be competing for trophies in the coming months.

"I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season". "It is not easy to become part of such a big team", he continued, adding that he is looking forward to playing "in such an intense league, for a team that gives everything to play and win".

Jorginho, 26, has signed a five-year contract to join former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

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 chose to relieve the Italian tactician from his duties in west London.

Conte led Chelsea to a brilliant title triumph in his first year after inheriting a team that finished 10th the previous season.

"His energy and enthusiasm for football has been infectious and it has been a privilege to have one of the best coaches in the world working in the Premier League to raise the standard of the league and his players at Chelsea".

Chelsea have fired manager Antonio Conte after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup.

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