Saturday, 21 July, 2018


Newton takes Chelsea training (not Conte)

Conte has clashed with Chelsea staff over when their players should return for training Conte has clashed with Chelsea staff over when their players should return for training
Noah Ferguson | 10 July, 2018, 00:12

While Moses was absent, Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley, Pedro, Marcos Alonso and Danny Drinkwater were all present for the training session.

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

Chelsea finished the season disappointingly after coming fifth in the Premier League, missing out on a Champions League spot in the process.

Antonio Conte remains in charge at Chelsea and is beginning the club's pre-season preparations today as senior players returned to the training ground over the weekend.

And the London outfit is looking forward to sorting out the appointment of Sarri as soon as possible to enhance Chelsea's preparation ahead of the new campaign.

The long-running saga surrounding Conte has rumbled into Chelsea's pre-season, causing new signings to be delayed as the coach and staff push for their optimum compensation from owner Roman Abramovich, which is for a year's salary and an optional year.

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

An agreement in principle is in place to bring Sarri to Stamford Bridge, but the Blues still need to work with Napoli to secure his release from his contract.

As late as Sunday evening, the Chelsea players did not know who was poised to take their training, while the confusion has led to knock-on effects for many in the transfer window.

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