Antonio Conte ostensibly remains in charge at Chelsea after taking training on Monday.
On the first full day of pre-season, despite ongoing uncertainty over his immediate future with the Italian expecting to be sacked and Maurizio Sarri, the former Napoli coach, teed up as his successor.
For Conte, who has 12 months to run on his £9m-a-year contract, it remains business as usual and the Italian returned to Cobham on Saturday, with two days of medical testing, led by his fitness coaches and other backroom staff, taking place before full training commenced this week. Conte did not oversee the medical tests at the weekend, with his own pre-determined training programme always scheduled to begin this week.
Álvaro Morata was among those to be assessed on his return, with other first-team players not involved at the World Cup in Russia, including Marcos Alonso, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley also returning for training at the weekend. On Sunday, Conte’s younger brother, Daniele, posted an image of the club’s coaching staff, on Instagram, with a message that read: “Come on Chelsea Come on Team Conte!!!”.