Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Antonio Conte's farewell to Chelsea fans

Antonio Conte's farewell to Chelsea fans

It is being rumoured that the clubs put together a gentleman agreement that will prevent the English team from going after other players besides Jorginho, whose acquisition is already official.

As recently as Thursday, Jorginho told City that he preferred to join them, but sources told ESPN FC he was "bullied" into a move to Chelsea with the threat of being forced to see out the remaining two years of his contract with Napoli. It is an exciting new period in my career.

He was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and will become an important member of the playing squad.

Antonio Conte has released a classy statement thanking the players and fans just days after he was sacked from his position as Chelsea manager.

He had refused to resign unless the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge was paid in full.

Sarri, 59, led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish in three seasons in charge. "First of all, I want to play my football, I want to enjoy myself and probably I also want to win something", he declared.

"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 said.

Confusion dominated recent weeks as Conte, who was expected to leave the role after the FA Cup win, returned to take pre-season training at the start of the week.

Juventus have dominated the Italian league - winning seven titles in a row - but no side has come closer to them in that time than Napoli, who finished four points behind their rivals last season.

Chelsea dismissed Conte on Thursday to make way for Sarri, bringing to an end months of public and private tensions between the Italian and the club's hierarchy over transfer strategy.

If the reports prove to be true, Chelsea would be looking for a 13th permanent boss of Roman Abramovich's ownership, which began in June 2003.

Jorginho was a top target for Manchester City and it looked for all the world that the midfielder would be headed to the Etihad ahead of the upcoming season until Chelsea elbowed their way into negotiations.

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