Chelsea have finally relieved Antonio Conte of his duties as manager.
The Italian coach fell out with the Chelsea board last season and was adamant that he would receive his full £9m compensation fee.
After much stalling, it appears that Chelsea have finally given in to his demands.
And former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to be appointed as Conte's successor over the weekend.
The 59-year-old coach was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti in Naples this summer but he wasn't released from his contract.
Therefore, Chelsea are being forced to pay Napoli a fee to secure Sarri's services.
It's been a disastrous summer at Stamford Bridge thus far, with the club yet to make any new signings.
Conte refused to quit
Understandably, the former Juventus boss did not want to miss out on his £9m Chelsea payoff and returned for pre-season training this week.
According to The Mirror, Conte even rejected an approach from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez because accepting it would've meant missing out on his hefty compensation package.
It's widely regarded as one of the best jobs in world football.
Zinedine Zidane resigned as Real Madrid's head coach on May 31, days after guiding them to their third consecutive Champions League trophy.
Conte was one of the favourites to succeed Zidane but it has emerged that his determination to wait to be axed meant he missed out on Real Madrid's top job.
Former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui was appointed instead.
Chelsea finally confirmed Conte's departure on Friday, with Cesc Fabregas paying tribute to the Italian coach on Twitter.
"Thank you Mister for another Premier League title and FA Cup," tweeted Fabregas.
"It wasn’t easy for me to convince you in the beginning but in the end I hope I did you proud! Good luck for the future. #CFC"
The club have handled Conte's departure terribly over the last few months.
Chelsea's new manager must move quickly to make new signings before the August 9 deadline.
Jorginho is expected to join Sarri from Napoli but star man Eden Hazard continues to be linked with a move away from west London.
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