Chelsea confirm Maurizio Sarri as new manager

Conte who is reportedly set to be replaced by former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri also led Chelsea to the 2016-17 Premier League title in his first

Aurelio De Laurentiis said the transfer did not depend on whether or not outgoing Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri finalised terms to take over from Antonio Conte at Chelsea, despite confirming the deal was close to completion. It wasn't easy for me to convince you in the beginning but in the end I hope I did you proud!

Playmaker Fabregas "liked" a message welcoming Conte's departure on Twitter, swiftly apologising and suggesting he had pressed the button in error before wishing Conte luck for the future.

Manchester City are furious with Napoli and new Chelsea signing Jorginho for reneging on a deal to join the Premier League champions.

Uncertainty clouded Conte's position all last season and on Thursday reports emerged from Italy that his Chelsea reign was over.

Conte had been heavily linked with a summer exit from Stamford Bridge after publicly criticising the club's transfer policy, with an FA Cup victory not enough to keep him in the job.

Fabregas earlier apologised for accidentally liking a Tweet celebrating Conte's reported sacking.

With two trophies, Conte's spell as boss will likely be considered a success.

However with Sarri still under contract with Napoli, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reluctant to spend in light of his visa issues, all parties had been left in limbo until Conte was finally relieved of his duties on Friday.

Antonio Conte
Image Antonio Conte won the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea

"He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League".

There is a strong argument that this is the most turbulent time of Abramovich's ownership.

All roads led from Naples to London on Saturday as Chelsea appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager and then announced the signing of Italy midfielder Jorginho.

The Russian's visa issues, the indefinite halting of plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge and the challenge for consistent on-field success all point to hard times ahead.

Chelsea's first game of pre-season is the July 23 friendly with Perth Glory.

According to Wise, who played for Chelsea between 1990 and 2001, off-field scandal and on-field underachievement were both to blame for Conte's dismissal.

"I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge". "Thank you for everything boss".

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