Chelsea sack Conte after months of uncertainty

Antonio Conte's turbulent reign at Chelsea has come to an end

Antonio Conte's turbulent reign at Chelsea has come to an end

Sarri won plaudits for the expansive passing football his Napoli team played in the three seasons he was in charge, but he failed to halt Juventus' dominance of Serie A and ended his spell in southern Italy without a trophy.

City claim Jorginho was "bullied" by Napoli to instead join Chelsea, who offered more money and eventually landed the player along with Maurizio Sarri.

Manchester City are said to be "furious" at "unprofessional" Napoli for going back on an agreement to sell Jorginho to the Premier League champions, after the midfielder today joined Chelsea.

Chelsea take on Huddersfield Town in their opening fixture of the new Premier league campaign on August 11.

"I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action", Sarri added.

The cinema mogul disclosed that he had cut a deal with Manchester City for the midfielder over two weeks ago but Chelsea had offered a higher salary and the Italy global preferred to move to London rather than Manchester.

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The rumoured departure came 54 days after Chelsea lifted the 2017-18 FA Cup - and with the Italian having taken pre-season training earlier this week.

"Maurizio's Napoli side played some of the most exciting football in Europe, impressing with their attacking approach and dynamism, and his coaching methods significantly improved the players at his disposal".

However with Sarri still under contract with Napoli, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reluctant to spend in light of his visa issues, all parties had been left in limbo until Conte was finally relieved of his duties on Friday.

They finished second twice in three campaigns and last season took champions Juve down to the final weeks, only to fall away after a 3-0 collapse at Fiorentina at the end of April. She believes that he has "demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri", and that he will "help bring further success to Stamford Bridge".

His first game in charge will be in the friendly with Perth Glory on July 23.

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