Cesc Fabregas pays tribute to Antonio Conte BEFORE Chelsea confirm sacking

Ross Houston
July 13, 2018

Chelsea have sacked Antonio Conte and are believed to have reached an agreement with Napoli to pave the way for Sarri to replace his fellow Italian at Stamford Bridge.

The 48-year-old Italian had been seen as vulnerable despite winning the FA Cup last term having fallen out with both the board and senior players.

Conte spent two seasons in charge of the Premier League club, leading them to the title in his first year.


Chelsea are expected to announce Sarri's appointment on an initial two-year contract imminently - together with the signing of Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho for a combined fee of €65 million (£57.5m) - after convincing Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to release the 59-year-old from his contract. That speculation only intensified when Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and former Chelsea captain John Terry paid tribute to Conte on social media.

Chelsea released a short statement which was less than 60 words, which failed to thank the manager for his contributions and which has been slammed as classless by many fans. "Great man, Great manager".

'We wish Antonio every success in his future career'.


The sacking brings to an end a fractious two-year relationship between Chelsea and Conte.

But, despite winning the FA Cup last season - beating Manchester United in the final, Chelsea have ditched Conte ahead of the new campaign.

Sarri's future has been up in the air since Napoli hired Carlo Ancelotti as its new coach in May.


Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea.

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