Chelsea set to announce Maurizio Sarri with contract signed at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea set to announce Maurizio Sarri with contract signed at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea hoped that another club might attempt to buy Conte out of the final year of his Stamford Bridge contract as he was unwilling to resign, but Paris Saint-Germain's appointment of Thomas Tuchel and Real Madrid's choice of Julen Lopetegui eliminated the possibility.

Chelsea released their short, sharp statement on Friday morning that said: 'Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company.

Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge. Terry took to social platform Instagram to post a picture of himself and Conte together with the Premier League title and captioned it with the words: "Thank You Boss".

The Spain international's departure appeared to have been the beginning of the end for Conte, whose relationship with the Chelsea board deteriorated throughout last term, especially after the sale of star midfielder Nemanja Matic to title rivals Manchester United, a move which Conte apparently did not sign off on. "In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game season".

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"I wish you every success in the future".

Chelsea's new manager must move quickly to make new signings before the August 9 deadline.

That is all about to change though with the Italian heading to London to sign a deal to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge but to many on these shores, the former Napoli boss remains something of a mystery.

Chelsea are aiming to announce Sarri over the weekend or early next week, with club legend Gianfranco Zola set to come in as assistant coach. Each of these three players, among others, thrived under the tutelage of Sarri and that will be fascinating for Chelsea fans heading into the new ere.