Reports suggest that Antonio Conte has been left disgusted with the way Chelsea have conducted themselves this summer with regards to his contract at the club. Conte assumed the reins as Chelsea manager in the summer of 2016 and went on to win the Premier League in his debut season, as well as the FA Cup in his second season at Stamford Bridge.
However, his time at the club, although successful, was marred by a series of complaints and digs directed at the board for supposedly not showing him any support in the transfer market. Chelsea finished fifth and failed to qualify for the UCL, and Chelsea now intend to replace Conte with Sarri this summer.
The club has not yet made any comment on the reports that Conte has been relieved of his duties, although Fabregas took to Twitter and appeared to confirm the development. His tweet read:
“Thank you Mister for another Premier League title and FA Cup. It wasn’t easy for me to convince you in the beginning but in the end I hope I did you proud! Good luck for the future. #CFC”
Reports from the Daily Telegraph now suggest that the case may be far from over, with Matt Law hinting that it could take another turn as club lawyers are still trying to negotiate the potential £9m pay-off. Conte is likely to go on a sabbatical, and the club will continue to pay his contract unless he finds alternative employment.
Meanwhile, Conte is disappointed with Chelsea as he felt that the situation could have been handled with a great deal of respect after all he achieved with the club. Matt Law stated:
‘Should it transpire a mutual agreement has not been reached, then lawyers could well argue that Conte has a case for unfair dismissal. But Chelsea could equally argue he was the architect of his own downfall for his actions away from the football pitch.’