Chelsea FC’s first signing under Maurizio Sarri revealed


Club sources say that the midfielder, announced as a Chelsea player after Maurizio Sarri's appointment, had told City as recently as Thursday that he still wanted to play for Pep Guardiola.

Chelsea have confirmed Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach.

Winning trophies didn't save Conte being shown the Stamford Bridge exit door as he was dismissed after guiding Chelsea to the FA Cup in May.

Chelsea began a terse, four-sentence statement on its website, "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company". If Conte receives the £9 million that he is entitled to if he does not work next season, it will take Chelsea's spending on...

Conte had been expected to go at the end of last season after Chelsea, who won the 2016-17 Premier League title in his stellar first campaign in charge, finished fifth and failed to qualify for the Champions League. He has penned a three-year deal with Chelsea.

The former Manchester City boss claimed Sarri called him a "p***" and a "f*****" during a touchline confrontation.

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A £43m transfer fee was agreed between De Laurentiis and City last month, but Napoli reneged on that deal, leaving club hierarchy stunned.

Conte and his staff leave as part of a £9m compensation package clear-out just 28 days before the start of the new league season.

Chelsea believe they have got in Sarri an astute tactician who produces sides playing exciting football with his three years at Napoli harvesting two second-placed finishes in Serie A.

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"He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge".

But even so, Chelsea's announcement on Friday was quite something...