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

How Chelsea could line up under Maurizio Sarri

How Chelsea could line up under Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea FC has confirmed sacking manager Antonio Conte.

Owner Roman Abramovich has risked paying Conte his full £9million compensation bill with the Italian ready to take a year out if no big jobs become available.

City would presumably look to deploy him in a deep midfield role given their plethora of attacking midfield options, meaning he could expect plenty of game time at the Etihad Stadium, with 33-year-old Fernandinho overworked last season and Yaya Touré now gone from the club.

Fabregas appeared to confirm he felt that way by liking a tweet which was celebrating the news that Conte had been sacked by the club.

During the transfer window, Conte spoke frequently about his lack of involvement in the recruitment process and his remarks are said to have created a mood of negativity around the club.

Conte had always been tipped for the chop this summer and Chelsea had been negotiating for several weeks with Napoli in an effort to appoint Maurizio Sarri as his successor.

In his first season in charge, Chelsea set a wins record with 30, finishing atop the Premier League table, comfortably ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in second place. Of Conte's staff, fitness coach Paolo Bertelli may stay on while goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli could remain if Thibaut Courtois stays at Chelsea.

Jorginho is unlikely to be the only new arrival at Stamford Bridge and another of Sarri's former players at Napoli has been linked: Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Napoli's style won the hearts of many neutrals for their quick, one-touch possession-based style that dazzled many fans.

Sarri is expected to be in charge of Chelsea's pre-season training camp in Australia.

They reportedly include Brazil-born Italy global midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, CSKA Moscow's Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and Italian defender Daniele Rugani from Juventus, the side that edged Napoli in the Serie A title race.

Sarri has been favourite to succeed his compatriot after impressing as manager of Serie A side Napoli, who have replaced him with former Chelsea handler Carlo Ancelotti.

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