General Conte takes charge of Chelsea training 15 hours ago

Antonio Conte: Blues boss returns for pre-season training amid debate over future

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But the sight of Conte returning to pre-season training for the 2018/19 campaign has seemingly confirmed a couple of things: that, amazingly, Chelsea have kept Conte on as manager and, secondly, that Willian will seek a new club immediately.

Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has always been tipped as Conte's successor, but talks between the two clubs are understood to have reached an impasse as they look to agree on a compensation package.

Di Marzio's great rival, Alfredo Pedulla, also says the pair are heading to the south of England.

On Monday, Sky Sports News reported that Napoli and Chelsea's talks were at a deadlock over Sarri's appointment as Antonio Conte's potential replacement.

On July 7, Chelsea's players who did not compete in the World Cup gathered once more at their Cobham training ground to start their pre-season work.

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Whilst a deal remains tentatively in place with the Cityzens, a formal agreement has yet to be reached between the two clubs, although the Brazilian-born Italian is said to have already agreed personal terms.

Conte won the Premier League in his first season at the club in 2017, followed by the FA Cup in May of this year.

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Chelsea travel to Western Australia to take on Perth Glory in a friendly on July 23, before participating in the International Champions Cup with fixtures against Inter, Arsenal and Lyon either side of facing Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 5.

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