Chelsea announced on Friday that they stopped working with Italian coach Antonio Conte after two years at the English Premier League club.
Conte joined the club owned by Roman Abramovich in 2016 and led him to win the English league in his first season in office. He also won the FA Cup in his last campaign with the London team.
The former coach of the Italian team had one more year of contract and was already in charge of the preparation of the team for the preseason at the training camp of the club in Cobham, outside London.
“Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte stopped working together,” the club said on its website. “We wish Antonio much success in his future,” he added.
The 48-year-old coach’s departure comes after Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Wednesday that Chelsea were close to reaching an agreement with Italian club outfielder Maurizio Sarri, 59.