Monday, 22 July, 2019

Antonio Conte returns for Chelsea training amid job uncertainty

Conte has clashed with Chelsea staff over when their players should return for training Conte has clashed with Chelsea staff over when their players should return for training
Cary Erickson | 09 July, 2018, 18:46

Cesc Fabregas and Ross Barkley were spotted going through their paces but the question still remained as to who would lead the Stamford Bridge outfit come the new season.

The Blues squad began their preparations for the new campaign despite the uncertainty surrounding manager Antonio Conte's situation at the club.

Chelsea are still locked in talks to bring Maurizio Sarri to the club amid ongoing speculation that current manager Antonio Conte will be sacked, Goal understands.

Interestingly, former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas, looking smart after holidaying at Mykonos, took to his official Instagram account to reveal images in the physio room with the trio of Luiz, Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta.

And Sarri's presence in London could yet give Chelsea the edge in the race.

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The return date for the first team players not involved in the World Cup is July 9, with Chelsea's loan players having already spent a week under coaches Eddie Newton and Tore Andre Flo at Cobham Training Centre.

While Conte took charge, Moses was not among the lot, as Chelsea's non-World Cup 2018 players returned to their Cobham facilities on Saturday morning for their first pre-season training session and standard procedure medical checks.

At the end of last season it seemed certain that Conte and Chelsea would part ways, but there he was, still the coach of the Stamford Bridge side, to the disbelief of numerous players.

Conte is still now in charge, but Maurizio Sarri is expecting to be cleared to replace him as manager of Chelsea at the start of next week.