Conte takes Chelsea training amid doubts over future

Conte has clashed with Chelsea staff over when their players should return for training

Conte has clashed with Chelsea staff over when their players should return for training

Numbers were diminished due to several players' involvement in Russian Federation, but those who didn't feature in Russian Federation were put through their paces with fitness and stretching exercises. And even after winning the FA Cup against fierce rivals Manchester United in the final, Conte was still seen as a dead man walking at Chelsea.

However, Jorginho is also believed to be on the wish list of Maurizio Sarri, with the ex-Napoli boss still waiting to complete a move to Chelsea where he will finally replace Antonio Conte.

Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has always been tipped as Conte's successor, but talks between the two clubs are understood to have reached an impasse as they look to agree on a compensation package.

Sarri has, in fact, left Napoli though - something that was confirmed by the Napoli president at the end of last month.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte returned to the club to oversee their first full day of pre-season training this afternoon, despite ongoing speculation over his future.

But one factor that is blocking Chelsea from sacking Conte this summer is the fact that they would have to pay him £9 million as compensation with his release clause for one more year.

Conte is renowned for his highly vigorous approach to approach to preseason and several Chelsea players have publicly admitted to struggling with his gruelling summer programmes, though weeks of double sessions at Cobham provided the foundation for the club's surprise run to the Premier League title in the 2016-17 campaign.

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