Antonio Conte’s brother drops major hint over his future as Chelsea manager

Antonio Conte: Blues boss returns for pre-season training amid debate over future

Next Chelsea manager: Blues still chasing Maurizio Sarri agreement with several stars in limbo

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.

Despite continual speculation linking Maurizio Sarri with the manger's position, Conte may well be set to see out the final year of his contract.

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

The duo of David Luiz, Alvaro Morata and Pedro were also among squad members that resumed training after going through exercises as well as stretches.

The managerial saga has dragged on and on over the course of the summer, with Chelsea players left in confusion having already returned to their Cobham training ground for pre-season training.

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And the London outfit is looking forward to sorting out the appointment of Sarri as soon as possible to enhance Chelsea's preparation ahead of the new campaign.

The Blues players not involved in the World Cup reported to the club's training base on Saturday and Sunday for fitness tests overseen by one of the club's sports scientists, but sources told ESPN FC that Conte meant to begin working with those present on Monday unless he was sacked before then.

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.

Chelsea endured a rather frustrating season last term in the Premier League as they finished fifth on the table.

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