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Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea, a story that could begin at the end of this campaign, but only at one condition: Roman Abramovich will have to pay the Italian coach release clause to appoint him.

In fact, according to our sources close to SS Napoli, the Italian side will let the manager who led them to almost win the Scudetto this season go only if the club that would like to sign him will pay the € 8m ( £ 6.5m ) release clause.

This clause, anyway, is valid only until the end of this month, after that the destiny of Sarri will completely be in the hands of Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, that last week revealed he is going to meet the former Empoli boss in the next days to speak about his future.

Should Sarri force his way out of Napoli after the end of May, when the clause won’t be no longer valid, he would have to negotiate his exit with his current club: De Laurentiis, who’s got a strong personality and pride, could even choose to keep him under contract without giving him the responsibility of the first team, our sources revealed.

That’s why De Laurentiis and Sarri are going to try to find a friendly solution about their future during the meeting they will have this week, with the manager who could eventually decide also to remain at Napoli.

What is certain, it’s that Napoli demands the release clause to be paid to let him go.

Meanwhile, Chelsea would have to find a mean to part ways with Antonio Conte, that has still got a year of contract at Stamford Bridge.

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After claiming at Sky Sport Italia that his future could be decided after the FA Cup final, Antonio Conte claimed he will Chelsea manager also next year.

Asked if the final against Manchester United at Wembley would be his last with the Blues, Conte replied

“No, I don’t think so. In this season, for sure.

“I am committed to this club, this is important for me. Not speculation around me. It is important what the club thinks, not you. 

“I have a contract and the club know very well the situation. After Saturday we go on vacation and then we will see next season.”

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Antonio Conte claims Chelsea season is not finished today: the Blues conquered a disappointing 5th place, that will leave them out of Champions League next year, but they still have to play for one title, the FA Cup, against Manchester United next Saturday at Wembley:

“In the FA Cup final we play for a title, I don’t know what it’s fundamental in life but we have to prepare this game properly to obtain the maximum we can against a great rival,” the Blues boss said to Sky Sport Italia.

“We have to finish this campaign in the best way possible.”

Speaking about his future Conte said:

“A return to Juventus? We are speaking with IF, I don’t like to speak with IF.”

“I am committed to this club and I’ve got another year of contract here, we focused on the present and on a season that will end in six days then we will understand if we have to plan the next season or if we will have another final.”


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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has confirmed today, through is Twitter account, that he and his father are taking legal action against the former Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots.

Wilmots accused the Blues goalkeeper, in an interview with BeIN Sports, of leaking team selection information, together with his father, during Euro 2016.

“Wilmots – not for the first time – reiterates publicly and intentionally accusations against my honour and reputation as well as my father and we decided together to file a complaint accompanied by criminal indemnification proceedings for libel and defamation,” Courtois wrote on Twitter.

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Antonio Conte and Chelsea ways are likely to part in the end of this season after the Italian manager has reportedly fell out with the Blues board over transfer market issues.

Speaking about who could replace Conte next season, it is understood that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to be a big admirer of current Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and favours him above other names who have been linked such as Thomas Tuchel, Maurizio Sarri and Luis Enrique.

While initial contact with Allegri’s entourage has been reported, it is unclear at this time whether or not the former AC Milan manager would consider departing Turin at the end of this season.

Allegri still has two years left to run at Juventus on a deal which is worth over €11 million.

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Chelsea and Antonio Conte are likely to part ways at the end of this campaign.

The Blues heavy defeat against Barcelona at the Camp Nou has confirmed that the paths of the Premier League club and the former Juventus coach will separate once the season is over.

As reported by Italian outlet Tuttosport, the relationship between Conte and the club’s board has been damaged for months due to disagreements on the transfer market and the lack of results this season has done the rest.

So, while Conte is preparing to live the last months as head coach at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea directors have reportedly already chosen former FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as a replacement for the Italian gaffer for the season 2018/19.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been heavily linked to PSG lately, rumours even suggested his agent had planned a meeting with the French side officials in London next week but the Italian coach

Asked about these links, Conte said in a press conference today:

“I am starting to have this, and it is very strange from the start of the season to read or hear a lot of news about my job.

“Nothing has changed.”

However, Conte remains under pressure at Chelsea and a run of four league defeats in five has forced the Blues out of the top four at the moment.

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Italia-Olanda amichevole

Antonio Conte left the job of Italy boss to take over at Chelsea in summer 2016 and has been heavily linked with a return amid reports he could leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season or sooner.

Giampiero Ventura succeeded Conte but was sacked in November after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup losing the playoffs to Sweden.

Interviewed by Gazzetta dello Sport recently Current Italian Federation vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta claimed they will continue to pursue Conte to convince to come back to Italy as head coach:

“I haven’t chosen yet but I think Conte is the one who could do the best,” the former AC Milan defender was quoted.

“I’ll definitely talk with him in a couple of months.”

In today’s press conference, Conte replied:

“Costacurta is a friend and we played together in the national team.

“Maybe he forgot I still have 18 months of a contract with Chelsea and my intention and my desire and my will is to respect this contract.”


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Antonio Conte can leave Chelsea at the end of this season to join Inter, it’s not just a rumour.

According to our sources, the Italian side made him a huge offer through a man working for powerful football agent Jorge Mendes.

Conte is considering the offer for two main reasons:

– His family don’t like London and are not really keen to move in the English capital. Right now both his wife and daughter still lives in Turin and Conte claimed more than once that this situation is not good for him and his beloved ones.

– The Italian coach would like to have more power on Chelsea transfer market decisions but, until now, the club don’t want to increase his authority at Stamford Bridge. Conte doesn’t like the fact the club doesn’t want to give him more trust after the fantastic job he made in the last months.

The ex Juventus manager left the Bianconeri in the middle of pre-season 2014/2015 for similar reasons: issues aroused between him and the board for some transfer market operations.

One fundamental condition for Conte to accept Inter’s offer is that Nerazzurri will qualify for next Champions League edition: right now the Nerazzurri sit 6th in the table, 6 points behind the thir place, that is the last one available to qualify for the most important European competition in Italy.

The fact the Italian boss was not clear on his future during yesterday’s press conference ( http://www.chelseanews24.com/top-stories/conte-still-not-clear-about-his-future-i-will-speak-with-the-club/) confirms that something is going on and the situation will be valued at the end of the season.

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Speaking to Sky Sport Italia in an exclusive interview, Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo stated that Antonio Conte was always the Blues first choice after the club parted ways with José Mourinho one year ago:

“I approached him when he was Italy’s coach and he was always our first choice, despite the club having contacted other managers.

“He works really hard and everyone loves him at Chelsea, the players love him and we love him as well.

“I was surprised by his capacity to turn everything into positive and by his energy, passion. 

“There is a chance he can stay here forever.”


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