Conte emails Chelsea players - 'see you Monday'

05 July, 2018, 15:29 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Maurizio Sarri

The chaotic summer at Chelsea has intensified after Antonio Conte contradicted the club over when players should report back for pre-season training.

But Conte wants the squad to return later and - without consulting the club - emailed the squad to remind them that he is still the manager and instructing them not to report for duty until Monday.

Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but he remains in limbo while the club figure out a way to dismiss Conte without breaking the bank.

A deal to bring Sarri to Chelsea has been held up by the Blues refusing to meet Napoli's asking price for the fee needed to release the 59-year-old from his current deal.

It highlighted the confusing situation at the club just five weeks before the start of the Premier League season and less than five weeks before the transfer window closes.


Hysaj is under contract with Napoli until 2021.

Despite playing a crucial role in Chelsea's title win in 2017, Luiz was dropped from the side last season following a bust-up with Conte.

If they sacked Conte, they would have to pay not only compensation to him but nine members of his backroom staff.

Talks with Napoli have proved hard, however, with the Italian side holding out for a massive compensation fee despite already appointing Carlo Ancelotti as Sarri's replacement.

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