Confusion Reigns at Chelsea as Conte Returns to Training

Confusion Reigns at Chelsea as Conte Returns to Training

Antonio Conte is expected to return to Chelsea to take first-team training on Monday despite uncertainty over his future at the club.

The Blues manager’s staff didn’t take the sessions on Saturday, as fitness coaches assessed the squad for two days of medical testing at Cobham training ground.

Chelsea’s players remain unclear on who will take training when the technical work begins.

Alvaro Morata, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Emerson Palmieri, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley returned on Saturday as they weren’t playing in this summer’s World Cup.

Conte is likely to take training unless firm action is taken on replacing him as talks continue between Napoli and Chelsea over securing Maurizio Sarri to takeover at Stamford Bridge.

An agreement in principle is in place to bring Sarri to West London, but Chelsea still need to work with Napoli to secure his release from his contract.

The Serie A side’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been holding out for the £7 million ($9.2m) release clause, with lawyers continuing to work to secure the move that both the London club and Sarri want.

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