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Chelsea Ordered To Pay Off Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte Chelsea

Chelsea have been ordered to pay their former manager Antonio Conte £9million in compensation after sacking him last summer.

Conte was dismissed last July despite leading Chelsea to glory in the FA Cup after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

He took pre-season training at the start of the campaign before he was relieved of his duties and replaced by Maurizio Sarri.

A Premier League manager’s arbitration tribunal was held in March and both parties have now been informed of the ruling, according to .

Chelsea do not plan on appealing the verdict, marking the end of a fraught 10-month feud with their former manager, the report goes on to claim.

The club had refused to pay the final year of salary that Conte believed he was entitled to.

Chelsea claimed the Italian’s conduct in his final 12 months at the club, where he fell out with key players and told Diego Costa he could leave via a text message, were against their interests.

Conte believed that Chelsea’s wait to sack him until July 13, after the start of pre-season, harmed his chances of finding another job.

He is now in talks about returning to management with Inter Milan.

The pay-off to Conte will take the amount Chelsea have paid sacked managers in the Roman Abramovich era to £90m.

That figure could increase even further if they decide to dispense with Sarri after just a single season in England.

Sarri has 12 months remaining on his contract and has secured a return to the Champions League as well as a berth in next week’s Europa League final.