Antonio Conte Releases Touching Statement As He Departs Chelsea

Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri replaces Antonio Conte as Chelsea head coach

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Conte thanked his players, staff and the Blues fans, adding: "It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these wonderful Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart".

However, the London club new head coach is known to be a man of many characters which might be new to Chelsea fans in the new season. A job that afforded him the opportunity to know most of Europe.

The appointment of the former Napoli boss had been expected since May, however the Blues had long stalled over a pay-off to his former club. Chelsea failed to qualify for the Champions League, with Conte falling out with players and high-profile figures at the club. He was a banker and as such has a frugal approach to spending in the transfer market.

More than half of Sarri's 20 years coaching experience has been at amateur clubs in Italy.

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There appeared to be little fun going on at Chelsea at times last season.

Meanwhile, the Blues' saga with Conte may only just be beginning as the manager is poised to take legal action against the club in order to secure £9m in compensation for himself and his staff after he was dumped. Chelsea released a short 61-word statement announcing the departure and Maurizio Sarri was appointed his successor 24 hours later.

Antonio Conte has expressed gratitude to his "friends" at Chelsea for "two unforgettable seasons" which ended with his acrimonious sacking last week. It is an exciting new period in my career.

Jorginho is the ideal fit for Sarri's high-tempo, possession-based style of play and he will look to continue from where he left off in Italy, the country for whom he has eight caps at worldwide level.

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"Certainly, after this World Cup, I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will have the final decision".

"If he creates a team as entertaining to watch as Napoli were under his stewardship then Chelsea's fans are in for a treat", he said on Twitter.

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