Chelsea-confusion: Conte or Sarri in charge?

July 9, 2018

The Italian is expected to be replaced imminently by former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri but as yet remains in the role

The Italian is expected to be replaced imminently by former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri but as yet remains in the role

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte put talk of his departure to one side as he took charge of training on Monday.

The Italian is widely expected to be replaced by former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri but the Premier Leaguewinning coach as Conte wore a weary look at the club’s Cobham training base.

Wearing blue shorts, a grey Chelsea top and a blue Chelsea hat, Conte, along with his coaching staff, got the players who were not involved in the World Cup involved in a number of drills with the Premier League season just 32 days away.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wore a weary look as he took charge of Chelsea training at Cobham on Monday afternoon

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wore a weary look as he took charge of Chelsea training at Cobham on Monday afternoon

Conte, with coach Gianluca Spinelli (left) and Carlo Cudicini (right), barks instructions at his squad during the session

Conte, with coach Gianluca Spinelli (left) and Carlo Cudicini (right), barks instructions at his squad during the session

With just 33 days until the Premier League season gets underway, Conte had no choice but to begin the team's preparations 

With just 33 days until the Premier League season gets underway, Conte had no choice but to begin the team’s preparations

Sportsmail understands Chelsea’s position – which is that they want Sarri to replace Conte – is unchanged regardless of Conte’s work at their Cobham training base over the weekend and Monday morning.

Sarri, who left Napoli earlier this summer, has long been linked with the west London club and many expected him to be in charge by now.

While that is not the case, sources say a three-year-contract with an annual salary of £5.6m has been agreed.

The ongoing saga has delayed transfer business – both incomings and outgoings – with some current players including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, understood to be reluctant to stay should Conte remain in charge.

Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who struggled badly in his first season, will be looking to kick on ahead of the new season

Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who struggled badly in his first season, will be looking to kick on ahead of the new season

Englishman Ross Barkley failed to break into the Chelsea side with a mix of form and fitness after his move from Everton

Englishman Ross Barkley failed to break into the Chelsea side with a mix of form and fitness after his move from Everton

Striker Alvaro Morata will hope to prove to the club he can be their main forward despite finding his own struggles last year

Striker Alvaro Morata will hope to prove to the club he can be their main forward despite finding his own struggles last year

Chelsea are also yet to break their summer transfer market duck, although work on targets such as Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin, Daniele Rugani and Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson is ongoing. A resolution on the managerial position is expected before the end of the week.

The session provided a number of stars who struggled for large parts of last season to prove they have a future at the club – whether that be under Conte or new management.

Striker Alvaro Morata – left out by Spain for the World Cup – looked fighting fit while midfielders Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko also featured in the session.

Rising star Ethan Ampadu was not scared to make a tough tackle as he becomes fully integrated into the first-team set-up, with a view to gaining more first-team minutes.

David Luiz, who was given the cold shoulder at the end of last season by Conte, was present as the squad continue to focus on the opener against Huddersfield.

David Luiz, who found himself given the cold shoulder at the end of last season, took part in Conte's session on Monday

David Luiz, who found himself given the cold shoulder at the end of last season, took part in Conte’s session on Monday

Rising star Ethan Ampadu was not scared to make the tough tackles as he commits to a 50-50 ball with Marcos Alonso

Rising star Ethan Ampadu was not scared to make the tough tackles as he commits to a 50-50 ball with Marcos Alonso

Chelsea will soon travel on tour to America for the International Champions Cup before facing returning for the new season

Chelsea will soon travel on tour to America for the International Champions Cup before facing returning for the new season

 

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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