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Antonio Conte returns for Chelsea training amid job uncertainty

10 July, 2018, 10:34 | Author: Candice Daniels
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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.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte returned to pre-season training on Saturday, despite speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge.

So with Chelsea having arranged pre-season preparations to start today, not many would have been expecting Antonio Conte to still be in charge.

Blues players not involved in World Cup duty have two days of tests at the club's Cobham training ground before full training restarts.

Conte presently has 12 months left on his existing deal with the FA Cup holders but the Blues are expected to pay off for the remainder of his contract.

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Chelsea's transfer business has been stalled, with the transfer window for Premier League clubs now being set at August 9, giving them four more weeks to bolster their squad.

Chelsea are yet to sign off on Gianfranco Zola returning to the club as Maurizio Sarri's No2.

Chelsea travel to Western Australia to take on Perth Glory in a friendly on July 23, before participating in the International Champions Cup with fixtures against Inter, Arsenal and Lyon either side of facing Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 5.

So far no signings have been made, and allowing the uncertainty surrounding their coaching situation to drag on any longer could seriously jeopardise Chelsea's preseason preparations regardless of who is in charge.

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