Chelsea coach Antonio Conte returns for pre-season training

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte returns for pre-season training

This remains a problem for all four parties involved. Why?

Everyone seems to know who their new manager is going to be, but Leeds United fans will be far more concerned with the impact that Conte's departure could have on their club.

The Italian will be due up to £10 million in compensation should the club decide to opt for Sarri to lead the club forward and that pay-off might be the very reason the whole move is being held up.

"Let's say that the Sarri affair is nearing its conclusion", De Laurentiis said at the official unveiling of Ancelotti on Wednesday.

"However, if for personal reasons I won't get into, the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester, I can understand him".

"Although I consider [Jorginho] a great player, for Ancelotti's style of play and in view of the [lack of] credibility from the Chinese for [Marek] Hamsik, we've made a decision to accept the request which first came from Manchester City, and I have to apologise to them".

Chelsea will play their first pre-season friendly of the summer against A-League club Perth Glory on 23rd July, before a trio of International Champions Cup clashes with Inter, Arsenal and Lyon.

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"My agreement with (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich (on Jorginho) is irrespective of whether or not Sarri ends up taking charge of the Blues".

"For that, I'll have to apologise to Manchester City".

Antonio Conte is expected to return to Chelsea for pre-season training on Monday despite uncertainty over his future.

Sarri has never won a major trophy, but he landed the Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17 and his Napoli side were Juventus' closest challengers during his three seasons at the helm.

It may have been a stressful time to be a Chelsea fan in recent months, but fans of the west London club can now look to next season with optimism.

That culminated in a disappointing fifth-place league finish and an FA Cup win.

Chelsea have alternative options in place should the talks with Sarri collapse, with Laurent Blanc likely to be the next in line to take charge.

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