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Cesc Fabregas pays tribute to Antonio Conte BEFORE Chelsea confirm sacking

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Cary Erickson | 13 July, 2018, 15:39

The Italian was surprisingly still in charge of the English club when they resumed pre-season training earlier this week, but reports on Thursday claimed that he had left his role.

A deal to appoint former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as his replacement edge closer, while the talks with Conte's camp to finalize the terms of his exit and compensation package remained locked.

The results that followed were below par, and the Blues finished fifth in the Premier League and were eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona at the last-16 stage, having suffered a 4-1 aggregate defeat.

Conte's been absent from all social media posts by the club, which has only fuelled rumours that he won't be in charge by the time the Premier League season starts in August.

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

However, Conte's apparent dismissal drew a response from Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, who liked a tweet a Chelsea fan posted about Conte having been sacked although the Spanish 2010 World Cup victor subsequently claimed he had liked it by accident.

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"Thank you boss. Great man, great manager".

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The Italian has taken most of his backroom staff with him with only Paolo Bertelli, Carlo Cudicini and goalkeeping coach, Gianluca Spinelli, considering staying at Chelsea for the coming season.

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Napoli are also expecting compensation of around £4.5 million for Sarri, who is under contract even though he is no longer their coach.

Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea.