Chelsea sack Conte as manager

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Antonio Conte has been sacked by Chelsea FC.

The Italian had two contrasting campaigns at the helm and has now vacated his post.

The Chelsea players have been informed about the decision and were given the afternoon off from pre-season training on Thursday.

Players such as David Luiz and Willian would have been moved on, though Chelsea were also concerned Eden Hazard might opt against signing a new long-term contract while Conte remained at the helm. They eventually stuttered to a fifth-placed finish in the league, which has led to Conte's departure even though he did clinch the FA Cup title.

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Former Napoli manager Mauricio Sarri looks set to be named as the new boss at Stamford Bridge, and things are quite likely to change.

Sky Sports reports that Chelsea has fired the Italian manager only one season removed from a Premier League title and on the heels of an FA Cup win.

Finally, he is on his way out with another Italian coming in to fill the void in the form of Sarri who impressed while in charge of Napoli last season. He still has three years left on his contract in Naples, and at 27, he is at his prime, and if the Jorginho sale does go through, they won't exactly be desperate to bring a bit more money in. Higuain is keen to make the move from Juventus to Chelsea and become their main man, as the Chelsea board seem to lose faith with Alvaro Morata in front of goal.

They reportedly include Brazil-born Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, CSKA Moscow's Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and Italian defender Daniele Rugani from Juventus, the side that edged Napoli in the Serie A title race.

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