Blues finally ditch Conte but Italian wants £9m payoff

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Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte after winning the Premier League and FA Cup during his two seasons in London.

Conte's three-year deal with the Blues has been cut short with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri set to succeed him.

Official word goes that Conte parted ways with the London based club on Thursday.

However, Conte's apparent dismissal drew a response from Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, who liked a tweet a Chelsea fan posted about Conte having been sacked although the Spanish 2010 World Cup victor subsequently claimed he had liked it by accident.

While Chelsea's pursuit of Sarri has been rocky since the end of the season, the club is already working on several transfers requested by the Italian, including a group of targets from Serie A.

Despite being axed by Napoli, Sarri remained under contract with the club and they have been seeking a compensation figure from Chelsea to allow him to join the Blues.

Relations soured between Conte and the board, and performances were soon affected.

They are in the process of clearing out his backroom staff so former Napoli boss Sarri can start ahead of the first pre-season fixture in Australia a week on Monday.

But he was replaced as manager of the Italian club by Carlo Ancelotti in May.

"I wish you every success in the future".

The appointment of Sarri could help Chelsea land Napoli's Jorginho.

Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

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