Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Chelsea part ways with Conte

Chelsea part ways with Conte

"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", the club said in a terse statement.

A new contract worth over £300,000-a-week remains on the table, but there is a feeling around the 27-year-old that, following such a good World Cup, that it is time for a new challenge.

Antonio Conte's protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalised on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) when he was sacked after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club.

Chelsea have endured a turbulent summer so far with managerial uncertainty meaning they've yet to make a major signing so Jorginho is expected to become the first new arrival at Stamford Bridge. In a time that should have been the most hard season of my career, Antonio was honest, respectful and there for me whenever I needed him.

In Terry's final season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea sailed to the 2016/17 Premier League title in a convincing fashion in what was a fitting end to the defender's time with his boyhood club.

The ex-Juventus and Italy coach's future had been under fierce speculation for months after he failed to follow up a Premier League-winning debut campaign with success in 2017-18.

"Thank You Boss", Terry posted on Instagram alongside a photo of the two of them holding the Premier League trophy.

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.

He also clashed with senior players such as Diego Costa and David Luiz while others had begun to grow tired of his methods.

Then, as has happened so often at Chelsea, it turned sour quickly.

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