Out the door: Antonio Conte holds the trophy after Chelsea won the FA Cup final against Manchester United in May.
Aurelio De Laurentiis said the transfer did not depend on whether or not outgoing Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri finalised terms to take over from Antonio Conte at Chelsea, despite confirming the deal was close to completion.
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"Thank you boss. Great man, great manager".
This was finally confirmed on Friday via a statement released by the Blues, who wished Conte success in the future.
It is now official, Chelsea have made a decision to "part ways" with Antonio Conte, who was a highly popular figure among the Chelsea fans, but simply could not get along with members of the board. Only the pay was improved, though, with Conte's contract still running for just another two seasons - hardly a show of commitment by either the club or its manager.
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The general, symptoms include headache, fever, tiredness and aches and pains, as well as diarrhoea, nausea and abdominal cramps. When you're cooking up a storm and you still have to put the pot of rice on the stove, it can be a bit of an effort.
"The club decides every player", he moaned last season.
The Blues added the FA Cup to their trophy haul under Conte back in May following Chelsea FC's 1-0 win against Manchester United at Wembley courtesy of Eden Hazard's victor from the penalty spot.
Antonio had reported for three days of pre-season training with the senior side this week, due to complications between Napoli and the West London club in reaching an agreement over compensation for Sarri.
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For now the boys remain in quarantine but some of their parents have been able to see their children through the glass. The boys will miss the FIFA World cup as it could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital.
Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea.