After his sacking, Conte set to take Chelsea to court

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Antonio Conte was sacked by Chelsea for his alienation of several players and a complete breakdown in communication with the club's board.

The Italian had a year remaining on his contract but leaves after two seasons in charge, a spell in which he won the Premier League and FA Cup with the west London club.

Chelsea said in a statement: "During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup.

"In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive league victories.

"We wish Antonio every success in his future career."

An acrimonious six-month stand-off now looks set to move to the law courts following Conte's dismissal.

Chelsea believe Conte's behaviour effectively breached the terms of his contract as manager. The club confirmed his departure on Friday morning.

Conte's text message last June to Diego Costa, informing the striker he was not in his plans, is expected to become a key piece of evidence as the club build a case against the Italian.

Conte's lawyers will dispute the claims made by Chelsea and have begun the work of securing his £9m payoff, due for the remaining final year of his three-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea attempted to find a negotiated settlement with their manager on repeated occasions this summer.

The two sides were unable to settle on either a financial package, or the scheduled payments dates for that settlement.

Sarri on the cards

It is also understood there have been significant developments in discussions with Maurizio Sarri and he could be appointed as Conte's replacement in the next few days.

Behind the scenes, Chelsea will keep Paolo Bertelli, one of Conte's key fitness coaches, who will now join Sarri's backroom staff.

The club would also like to have kept goalkeeper coach Gianluca Spinelli, who has chosen instead to join Paris Saint-Germain, where he has a long-standing relationship with Gianluigi Buffon.

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