Chelsea announce Conte departure

Chelsea announce Conte departure

Despite winning the Premier League title and the FA Cup in his two seasons in charge, the 48-year-old leaves Stamford Bridge after several fallings out with the club's board.

Manchester City were keen on signing Jorginho but it looks as though Maurizio Sarri's imminent appointment as the new Chelsea manager has swayed Jorginho towards joining the London club.

Chelsea had confirmed yesterday that Antonio Conte was relieved of his duties after two years in charge.

The club's 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday (Saturday NZT), ending with: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career".

The Italian manager's relations with the west London club's hierarchy have appeared strained, to put it mildly, since previous year while his departure from Stamford Bridge has been flagged for months.

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The Blues' non-World Cup players are expected to return to the Cobham training ground this weekend for fitness tests and body fat appraisals.

But an official statement was released on the club's Twitter handle confirming the former Juventus manager is no longer their staff.

Maurizio Sarri is now clear to take over from Conte with just 28 days until the start of the new Premier League season.

One of those indeed came against Chelsea in the Champions League group stage last season where he scored a brace for the Giallorossi in a comfortable 3-0 triumph at the Stadio Olimpico. It would make Jorginho the second most expensive layer in the club's history, behind Alvaro Morata.

Conte's average of 2.14 points per game in the Premier League is bettered only by Alex Ferguson (2.16) and Guardiola (2.34).

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