(FILES) This file photo taken on July 26, 2016 shows New Chelsea coach Antonio Conte speaking during a press conference before their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool, at the UCLA Campus in Westwood, California on July 26, 2016.
The no-nonsense Conte has swaggered into Stamford Bridge determined to shake up a squad that went stale during their woeful Premier League title defence — even if it means losing his voice in the process. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston
Conte now appears to have left Stamford Bridge after two years at the club, although Chelsea are refusing to comment on reports he is no longer in charge.
The Italian led the west London club to Premier League title glory in a successful first season at the helm but his second campaign proved far less harmonious and although they lifted the FA Cup in the spring, they could only finish fifth in the Premier League.
Conte is now understood to have left his post with 12 months remaining on his contract, with Maurizio Sarri set to take over from his Italian compatriot at Chelsea.
Brazil international Willian could be on his way out of the club, though, with Barcelona understood to have returned with an improved £53m bid for him.