Chelsea fire manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge

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The 48-year-old Italian, who returned to pre-season training this week, had one year remaining on his contract.

Ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been heavily linked with the Chelsea FC post after Carlo Ancelotti replaced the contoversial Italian coach at Napoli earlier this summer.

Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company.

Out the door: Antonio Conte holds the trophy after Chelsea won the FA Cup final against Manchester United in May.

"We wish Antonio every success in his future career", the statement read.

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

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The chain smoking former Empoli manager - who will have to restrain himself on the touchline in England where smoking is banned - was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

El Shaarawy has reached double figures in terms of scoring in just two seasons since making his competitive debut almost a decade ago but during this period, he has produced many match-defining performances.

Sarri spent a total of three seasons at Napoli, guiding the club to the Champions League in each of his campaigns and establishing them as Scudetto contenders for the first time since the days of Diego Maradona.

However, Costa had a falling-out with Conte ahead of the 2017/18 season and he didn't play for the Blues again as he went AWOL in order to force a move to his former club Atletico Madrid.

Premier League giants Chelsea have announced the sacking of Antonio Conte. Jorginho will also join.

"Jorginho joining Chelsea does not depend on Sarri [joining Chelsea]", Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, said this week.

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