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Chelsea squad confused over managerial situation ahead of new season

13 July 2018

A major reason behind the delay to Sarri's appointment was the hard negotiations with Conte, who has insisted that Chelsea must sack him because he would not resign. Imminent announcements have been stated a number of times in the media that Maurizio Sarri will be unveiled, only for nothing to materialise.

Maurizio Sarri continues to wait for Chelsea to call, but meanwhile Antonio Conte is taking charge of pre-season training.

Napoli midfielder Jorginho may be the first player to join his former coach in swapping southern Italy for London, as he prepares to take a medical at Stamford Bridge ahead of a €58m transfer.

He has been at the club for two years, winning the title in his first season before things fell apart last term in the Premier League with the club missing out on qualification for the Champions League.

Antonio Conte and his backroom staff were at Chelsea's training ground on Saturday morning as some of the squad returned to training, according to Sky in Italy.

Chelsea are close to completing a €65 million (£57.5m) combined deal to appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach and sign Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho, Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis said.

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One player he had fallen out with was Willian, who made his feelings toward his manager hilariously clear by covering him up with emojis on an Instagram story celebrating Chelsea's success over Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

That's not to mention the fact that Conte boasts the best win percentage (65.1%) of any Chelsea manager in the Premier League era.

For other fans, however, the departure is a bit more bittersweet.

Sarri spent three seasons in charge of Napoli but was unable to wrestle the title from Juventus, finishing fifth, second and third.

It appears Chelsea have finally found a solution by agreeing to pay £50 million, ($NZ97 million) plus £7m in bonuses, to take both Sarri and Jorginho, who remains a target for Manchester City.

Chelsea squad confused over managerial situation ahead of new season