Chelsea to keep Luiz and Conte apart at Cobham training ground

Chelsea to keep Luiz and Conte apart at Cobham training ground

Even with Maurizio Sarri expected to take over at the club replacing Conte, Chelsea still are willing to sell him.

The Blues, who won the FA Cup under Conte last term, then face the defending Premier League champions Man City in the Community Shield, while their opening top-flight fixture is away to David Wagner's Huddersfield on August 11.

Former banker Sarri, 59, will be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea has been spoken about so much that it seems like a done deal.

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"It has to be said that Conte has done an impressive job at Chelsea", Zola told Calciomercato.

Napoli midfielder Jorginho may be the first player to join his former coach in swapping southern Italy for London, as he prepares to take a medical at Stamford Bridge ahead of a €58m transfer.

Piotr Zielinski, Jorginho and Lorenzo Insigne have also flourished with Sarri at the helm.

All that Leeds United can do now is sit and wait patiently, keeping their fingers crossed that if Sarri does become the next Chelsea manager, he will not get involved in the deal involving Blackman to Leeds.

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"Let's say that the Sarri affair is nearing its conclusion", De Laurentiis said at the official unveiling of Ancelotti on Wednesday.

Some Chelsea fans weren't terribly upset by the news.

An agreement in principle is in place to bring Sarri to West London, but Chelsea still need to work with Napoli to secure his release from his contract.

The lanky Spaniard, who joined the Blues for a club-record fee of £60 million past year, didn't have the best debut season in the English top-flight, ending the 2017-18 campaign with 15 goals in 48 appearances (all competitions). Finally, he is on his way out with another Italian coming in to fill the void in the form of Sarri who impressed while in charge of Napoli last season.

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