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Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has given his availability ahead of a potential move to Real Madrid if their current boss Julen Lopetegui is sacked, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.

The Italian has reportedly rejected a move to Stamford Bridge last summer, when Zinedine Zidane suddenly announced his resignation from the managerial role at the club.

However, Conte would consider to become the new Real Madrid manager after just three months without leading the Blues.

Conte’s contract with Chelsea expires in 2019 and is entitled to £9m compensation, with additional money to his backroom staff.

The Italian newspaper believes Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has given three more games to current manager Lopetegui to avoid the sacking after less than six months at the La Liga giants.

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Last season, David Luiz fell out of favour with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and was forced to watch from the sidelines as the Blues failed to qualify for Champions League.

The Brazilian defender told BT Sport how close he was to leaving Chelsea if the former Juventus boss had stayed:

“I had a contract with Chelsea. I had two offers from different clubs but I said to Chelsea I want to stay and so I’m going to wait and if Chelsea take a different manager I’m going to show them and stay in Chelsea and that’s what I did.”

Luiz is now a regular starter under new boss Maurizio Sarri and seems to have gained his confidence back.

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has cited again Antonio Conte’s style of play as one of the reasons of his fickle first season at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Spanish radio Cadena Ser he was asked about whether he enjoys life under Maurizio Sarri more, he was pretty emphatic in his answer.

“Yes, yes, yes. For me, yes,” he replied.

Morata also went into his injury problems which seemed to go under the radar.

He explained that he should have taken time off instead of forcing himself to play through it:

“A player they pay for can’t finish the season with 15 goals. People think we’re machines.

“If I had stopped for three months, I would have come back with a clear head, but I was professional and I wanted to give everything.

“If I could go back, I would stop for two months.

“I was in pain, I went to Germany to see the doctor, paying for private planes.

“People believe the false life of Instagram, what it shows you; they thought I was at home with my wife.

“Someday, I’ll write a book about what I’ve been through.”

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Brazilian midfielder Jorginho joined Chelsea from SS Napoli some days ago and at Stamford Bridge he will work again with Maurizio Sarri.

Speaking with website Football Italia Jorginho himself admitted the influence Sarri had on his as a player:  “He is someone who does wonderful work, he is right on top of everything that is going on on the pitch”. Jorginho said about Sarri.

When the weekend comes around and you have a game, you start that game knowing how every situation is going to pan out on the field offensively and defensively, and that is something that really helps you in your work. He is a very straight-forward person, he is easy to communicate with, he is very approachable and that is something that also helps the players. 

“I think he had a really big influence on my development as player. He teaches a lot about the game and how you see the game on the field of play, and that helped me to grow.

I think I have the right characteristics as a footballer for the type of football that he likes to play, and the type of football that he teaches and passes on to his team. When we were together at Napoli, it was a case of me taking on his mentality and putting that together with the characteristics I have as a footballer.”

Then, Jorginho said he hopes his style of play will be good for English football and the Premier League: “Perhaps my style of play is not something that is seen in England,” Jorginho explained. “I really hope that it is a good fit for the game over here and I will certainly be doing everything I can to make sure it works out. I like playing just outside of my own penalty box, the player who receives the ball and organises the game”.

 

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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has confirmed everyone at the club is confident Maurizio Sarri will bring “his football philosophy” at Stamford Bridge as soon as possible.

Granovskaia told the club’s official website: “We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea,

“Maurizio’s Napoli side played some of the most exciting football in Europe, impressing with their attacking approach and dynamism, and his coaching methods significantly improved the players at his disposal”.

She added: “He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League”.

Chelsea have also completed the signing of midfielder Jorginho from Napoli on a £50m move today.

“We are delighted Jorginho has chosen to join Chelsea” said Marina Granovskaia.

“He was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and will become an important member of the playing squad. He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge”.

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Chelsea have appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager on a three-year contract, the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning through a statement.

The Italian man, who will start his new job on Monday, told Chelsea’s official website: “‘I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.

I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action”.

Then Sarri added: “I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves”.

OFFICIAL – Maurizio Sarri named new Chelsea manager

Chelsea have announced the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as their new manager after parting ways with Antonio Conte yesterday.

The former Napoli head-coach takes the reins at Stamford Bridge on a three-year-deal, as Chelsea confirmed through their website.

An official statement reads: “Maurizio Sarri is the new Chelsea head coach. He moves to Stamford Bridge following a successful three-year spell at Serie A side Napoli”.

The Italian man, who will start his new job on Monday, told Chelsea’s official website: “‘I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.

I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action”.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW TO CHELSEA’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Moreover, the signing of Jorginho from Napoli is expected to be announced in the next few hours.

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Maurizio Sarri has put the pen to paper on a deal to become Chelsea head-coach.

Gianfranco Zola will be his assistant, according to Sky in Italy.

Chelsea confirmed the club have parted ways with Antonio Conte earlier this morning and the former Napoli manager has reportedly completed the takeover at Stamford Bridge.

The 60-year-old is set to be unveiled as the new Chelsea boss in the next few hours.

Gianfranco Zola will have an important role in Sarr’s coaching staff, as well as former Empoli manager Giovanni Martusciello.

 

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Defender Cesar Azpiliceuta, who also wore the the Blues’ armband in the last two years at Stamford Bridge, bid a heartfelt farewell to Antonio Conte a few minutes ago.

Chelsea have officially parted company with the Italian manager earlier this morning.

The Spaniard wrote on his official account: “Thank you mister for the trophies we have won together and your confidence in the last 2 seasons. I wish you all the best in the future. Grazie Antonio”. 

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