Antonio Conte's farewell to Chelsea fans

Antonio Conte's farewell to Chelsea fans

Chelsea have appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach on a three-year contract.

That had appeared to open the door to a move to Chelsea, where Conte had become an increasingly-antagonistic presence as they failed to defend the Premier League title, finishing in a lowly fifth place. Two-time Premier League champions during the period, they have also managed to win the FA Cup and the League Cup once.

"I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together", he added.

He had already taken charge of pre-season preparations at the club's Cobham training ground outside London but his relationship with Chelsea's hierarchy was strained after disagreements over their transfer policy last season.

After months of speculation, Antonio Conte is no longer Chelsea manager.

"I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea".

Director Marina Granovskaia stated: "We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea".

"Chelsea is one of the most important clubs in the most important championships in Europe".

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On a related note, Conte's departure from Chelsea comes after a turbulent season at the helm of Stamford Bridge.

The style of play became widely known as "Sarri-ball".

"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".

He was succeeded in May by Carlo Ancelotti - himself a former Chelsea manager.

He is the 13th managerial appointment by Blues owner Roman Abramovich since his takeover of the club in 2003, including Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink on two occasions.

Jorginho was a top target for Manchester City and it looked for all the world that the midfielder would be headed to the Etihad ahead of the upcoming season until Chelsea elbowed their way into negotiations.

The Senegalese centre-back won't keep cheap though if the latest reports are to be believed with Napoli desperate not to lose any more of their best players to their old Manager.

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