Take Off - Chelsea Bound Maurizio Sarri On Private Plane, Destination England

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Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata

Antonio Conte's protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalised on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) when he was sacked after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club.

British media pointed at the 48-year-old's likely severance package, a reported 9 million pounds ($11.81 million) if he sits out the year remaining on his contract, had been one of the sticking points.

Maurizio Sarri reportedly agrees a deal to become the new head coach of Chelsea with club legend Gianfranco Zola returning to Stamford Bridge as assistant.

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Chelsea's sacking of Antonio Conte is a mere formality now as Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas has paid a tribute to the outgoing Italian tactician on Twitter before the club officially announced his exit.

Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have both publicly said they were seeking clarity on Chelsea's summer plans before deciding whether to sign new long-term contracts, with the club facing a season without Champions League football after finishing fifth in the Premier League.

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Reports suggest Chelsea will draft in Maurizio Sarri to fill the managerial void.

Conte's average of 2.14 points per game in the Premier League is bettered only by Alex Ferguson (2.16) and Guardiola (2.34). "Jorginho would go to Chelsea regardless of Sarri". The former Empoli manager was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

After Christmas they suffered back-to-back league defeats twice - first by Bournemouth and Watford, and then against Manchester City and Manchester United - and a run of four-straight wins late in the campaign could not secure a top-four finish. Sarri and Higuain worked together at Napoli.

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Conte led Chelsea to a brilliant title triumph in his first year after inheriting a team that finished 10th the previous season.

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