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Chelsea confirm Conte exit … with short, dismissive statement

Chelsea have finally confirmed the departure of Antonio Conte via a dismissive 61-word statement.

The Italian had been a dead man walking at Stamford Bridge since the end of last season, despite leading the club to FA Cup success, after a break down in relations over the club’s transfer policy.

Conte won the Premier League in his debut year at the club having inherited a side that finished 10th in the 2015-16 campaign.

But despite significant fan backing, the 48-year-old’s tenure has been unceremoniously dumped with compatriot Maurizio Sarri set to take charge.

Chelsea’s short statement read: “Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company.

“During Antonio’s time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup. In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive league victories.

“We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”

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