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Antonio Conte releases Chelsea statement

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Previously linked with a Premier League move to West Ham, The central midfielder was a key part of a Russian Federation squad that stunned Spain and beat all expectations at the World Cup this summer.

"It will be for me very exciting to play against Guardiola, Pochettino, Mourinho, Klopp and the others".

In a statement, he said: 'I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea. "The problem is that in England, there are five or six very good teams".

Referring to Sarri, he added: "I just try to do my best every time I play, and if he is watching then he's watching".

And on Monday, the 48-year-old released a farewell statement via the League Manager's Association.

Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been appointed as Conte's successor at Stamford Bridge, but after Chelsea failed to thank him for winning the Premier League and FA Cup during his two years at the club, the Italian wished his former employers well for the future.

Antonio Conte has broken his silence following his departure from Chelsea last Friday.


"I have enjoyed my time in England and London so much and I want to thank the Chelsea fans who have been incredible to me and my family", he added.

"I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves".

Maurizio Sarri said he needs to make "one or two adjustments" before Chelsea will be ready to play his football as he looked forward to going head to head with "the most important coaches in Europe".

Conte won the Premier League title in his first season at Chelsea, and the FA Cup in his second, but his relationship with some of the club's players and owner Roman Abramovich is understood to have become strained towards the end of the Italian's tenure.

The former Napoli boss has enough on-field issues to deal with as Chelsea, fifth in the Premier League last season, attempt to narrow the gap to rivals in Manchester, London and Liverpool.

Sarri's first game in charge of Chelsea is set to be their pre-season friendly against Perth Glory in Western Australia on July 23.

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