Antonio Conte has left his position as head coach of Chelsea, the club have confirmed.
The 48-year-old departs Stamford Bridge less than two months after guiding Chelsea toFA Cup final glory against Manchester United.
The news brings to an end many months of speculation over Conte’s future at the club.
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Former Juventus boss Conte is rumoured to have fallen out with Chelsea’s hierarchy over transfer policy, while their disappointing fifth-place finish in the Premier League– just a year after winning the title– fuelled suggestions he would be dismissed.
Former Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri isthe favouriteto take over, with the club’s top-flight opener a little over four weeks away.