Chelsea 'sack manager Antonio Conte' - Sky Italia - Premier League 2018

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But Chelsea finished 30 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City last season and exited the Champions League at the last-16 stage after a 4-1 aggregate defeat to Barcelona.

That success was helped by prolific striker Diego Costa, who scored 20 goals and provided eight assists.

But The Sun say Chelsea are hopeful that, now Sarri is in charge, the trio will decide to stay at Stamford Bridge.

However, while present players may have had issues with Conte, former Chelsea legend John Terry, who left after the league title-winning campaign had nothing but praise for him.

The off-field controversies bled onto the pitch and the west Londoners flattered to deceive. There will be a worry that he can't settle into the Premier League quick enough to justify that price tag.

The move from Napoli was held up after the Italian club appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their manager, but refused to let Sarri out of his contract.

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The former Italy manager, who came on in 2016, led Chelsea to a Premier League title and an FA Cup championship in his short span on Chelsea's bench.

Conte returned to the Cobham last Saturday to commence Chelsea's pre-season training, however the Italian will not continue with the team as the club inches closer to signing Maurizio Sarri as manager.

And Napoli chief De Laurentiis has claimed that the Blues will make Jorginho their first summer signing after reaching an agreement with the Naples club and Italian midfielder.

And The Sun have now delved into why Chelsea have finally made the decision to put Conte out of his misery.

"The Sarri deal is in the homestretch, it depends on him", he said.

The arrival of Jorginho could spell the end of Cesc Fabregas' time at the club.

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