Date: 25th October 2017 at 7:33am
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Still the stories of Antonio Conte`s departure from Chelsea continue despite denials from the manager himself. Those in the media won`t let go. The latest manager linked with a move to Chelsea as the hierarchy at the club allegedly look to replace Conte is another Italian.

Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is believed, according to
The Express, to be the man Chelsea see as a potential replacement. Because, as the story states, and I quote directly from it,

`Conte, who guided Chelsea to the Premier League title last term, has faced serious questions this term. His side are already playing catch-up in the title race, as they are nine points behind table-toppers Manchester City after nine games. The 48-year-old recently hinted he could leave Stamford Bridge and he admitted he is missing life back home in Italy.
Added to that, he was left frustrated in the summer as he missed out on a number of key transfer targets, including Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United for £75million from Everton.`

Old news, fake news, call it what you will, all of that has been covered countless times and disregarded. If you dig a bit deeper, the Express article cites its source as
Football Italia, an Italian news outlet. According to that article, the relationship between Conte and Chelsea`s board is at breaking point. Again quoting the article directly,

`According to 7 Gold television, emissaries from the Premier League giants are working towards an approach for Sarri, as the rapport with Conte has broken down.`

That gives you the final piece of the jigsaw, of this, Conte about to leave/be sacked (delete as appropriate) by Chelsea FC. Here`s 7 Gold`s
Wikipedia page. The trail ends at 7 Gold`s Website. I`d love to dig further but my Italian is not great. I`ll be honest though I don`t think there`s much in this story. No direct quotes from anyone who would actually know anything about any of this. It is just, literally, tittle-tattle of the highest order.

Conte`s going nowhere, under the circumstances (due to injuries), Chelsea have made a pretty good start to the defence of their Premier League title. This is a ‘non` story, it is just more of what we had all summer with the clubs transfer dealings. I think it`s time the media and pundits alike moved themselves up to Liverpool and concentrated on a manager that really is under pressure. Ciao.

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