Antonio Conte could really regret the text he sent Diego Costa last summer

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Maurizio Sarri was officially announced as the new Chelsea boss on Saturday morning, finally allowing the club to move on from Antonio Conte.

That process has gone on far longer than either side could have imagined, primarily because of the patience from Napoli and Conte.

Napoli have known for a while that Sarri would be leaving, although they clearly had no plans to sack him seeing as they happily brought in Carlo Ancelotti with Sarri still there.

The Neapolitans fully intended to get their money for Sarri and weren't going to be rushed into a deal - although, they were certainly confident that someone would eventually pay it.

And Chelsea have, after sacking Conte earlier this week.

Many didn't believe that the Italian would see out last season but he's managed to hang on until mid-July before Chelsea finally lost patience and terminated his deal.

However, their story doesn't end there.

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea fully intend to get away without paying Conte the £9m he's owed for having his contract terminated.

Their reasoning for this is that Conte breached his contract through unprofessional behaviour and alienating players.

And their main evidence of that? A text message the manager sent Diego Costa a year ago.

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The BBC reported back then that Conte had sent out a text message to each of his players wishing them well on their holidays and asking them to stay fit.

Costa then sent a reply back, only to get a shock with what he was then sent.

"Hi Diego, I hope you are well," Conte allegedly sent. "Thanks for the season we spent together. Good luck for the next year but you are not in my plan."

That message blindsided Costa and the Chelsea board, setting wheels in motion that the club couldn't stop.

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Costa was adamant that he would only join his former team, Atletico Madrid, and no one else - immediately crippling Chelsea's bargaining position.

They'd eventually agree to a deal with Atletico in September but the way Conte handled things is now being treated as gross unprofessionalism by Chelsea.

They may have sacked and replaced Conte, but the two of them certainly aren't done with each other yet.

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Maurizio Sarri
Antonio Conte
Carlo Ancelotti
Diego Costa
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Atletico Madrid
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