Antonio Conte: Chelsea set to announce the departure of former Italy manager

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Chelsea are set to announce the departure of manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge. The club have refused to comment on the status of the 48-year-old, who won the Premier League title in his first season and the FA Cup in May.

Conte took pre-season training this week but his future has been a source of contention and ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri expected to take over. The Blues have reportedly agreed on a compensation package for Sarri, 59.

Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea’s ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. During three years with Napoli, Sarri has not won a major honour but has guided the club to finishes of second, third and second again – behind Juventus in 2017-18. The former Empoli manager was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.