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Chelsea officially dismiss Conte with Sarri waiting in the wings

55 days ago Conte celebrates Chelsea’s FA Cup win after beating Manchester United 1-0 55 days ago Conte celebrates Chelsea’s FA Cup win after beating Manchester United 1-0times photgrapher BRADLEY ORMESHER
Cary Erickson | 14 July, 2018, 03:24

A statement reads: "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company".

Former Napoli manager, Maurizio Sarri on Friday agreed terms with Chelsea to become the club's new manager after Antonio Conte was sacked on Thursday. 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".

Conte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.

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

Chelsea are expected to announce Sarri's appointment on an initial two-year contract imminently - together with the signing of Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho for a combined fee of €65 million (£57.5m) - after convincing Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to release the 59-year-old from his contract.

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A new contract worth over £300,000-a-week remains on the table, but there is a feeling around the 27-year-old that, following such a good World Cup, that it is time for a new challenge.

And former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to be appointed as Conte's successor over the weekend.

Sarri, 59, led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish in three seasons in charge.

That is not Chelsea's usual protocol and it is also believed lawyers are still haggling over how much to pay the former Juventus and Italy manager.

Giovanni Martusciello, who is now the technical collaborator of Inter Milan, has reportedly turned down the chance to join Maurizio Sarri's coaching staff at Chelsea.