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Antonio Conte returns to take Chelsea training

11 July, 2018, 09:41 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Alvaro Morata, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Emerson Palmieri, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley returned on Saturday as they weren't playing in this summer's World Cup. However, the players are unaware of the situation and are faced with waiting until Monday to see who will be running their session.

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. They have been attempting to extricate Maurizio Sarri from his contractual obligation to Napoli for more than a month without success, while Conte is refusing to walk away from his job as he holds out to receive full payment for the final year of his contract - reported to be worth in the region of £9 million.

And they have also found issues with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who is reluctant to let Sarri go.

Conte re-signed Luiz in a controversial £34m move in the summer of 2016 but the 31-year-old was a crucial member of the club's Premier League winning side the same season.

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The prolonged uncertainty surrounding Conte and Sarri has had a paralysing effect on Chelsea's transfer plans in a window already complicated by the World Cup and compressed by the Premier League's earlier deadline, set for August 9.

It appears the Blues have been successful as talkSPORT are citing a report from Premier Sport that claims Chelsea have now agreed a £35m fee with Juventus following lengthy negotiations between the two clubs.

Chelsea have alternative options in place should the talks with Sarri collapse, with ex-Paris Saint-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc likely to be the next in line to take charge.

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