Chelsea have confirmed that Antonio Conte has left his role as head coach of the club after two years in charge.
Conte, 48, was widely expected to lose his job at the end of last season, with the Blues finishing in fifth position in the Premier League table.
The Italian was surprisingly still in charge of the English club when they resumed pre-season training earlier this week, but reports on Thursday claimed that he had left his role.
During three years with Napoli, Sarri did not win a major honour but guided the club to second, third and second again – behind Juventus in 2017-18. The former Empoli manager was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.
Chelsea announced on Friday that Conte had “parted company” with the club. A 61-word statement ended: “We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”
For the sixth time in eight seasons the Premier League’s title-winning manager has left his job by the following summer – if not earlier.
Conte has a clause in his contract that guarantees him a pay-off, thought to be £9m, for the final year.
The club’s Premier League opener is away at Huddersfield on 11 August.
“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.”
The Blues will begin their pre-season with a clash against Perth Glory on July 23.