Sarri replies when asked if new Chelsea FC manager has spoken to Conte

The new Chelsea FC boss hasn't spoken to Antonio Conte since taking over the reins at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he hasn’t spoken to Antonio Conte about the Chelsea FC squad following his appointment at Stamford Bridge last week.

The Blues finally axed Conte last week after months and months of speculation surrounding the former Juventus coach’s future at the west London side.

Conte led Chelsea FC to Premier League title glory in his first season in charge after the Blues finished seven points ahead of their closest title challengers Tottenham Hotspur in the 2016-17 season.

The Blues lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final to miss out on a double success but Chelsea FC were 1-0 winners against Manchester United in the same competition last term to win silverware in successive seasons.

Conte left Chelsea FC on bad terms after his open criticism of the board’s transfer policy, while there were reports that senior members of the squad had grown frustrated with his abrasiveness.

Sarri almost led Napoli to Serie A title glory last term before the Naples outfit finished behind Massimiliano Allegri’s all-conquering Juventus team.

Asked during his unveiling as Chelsea FC manager at Stamford Bridge on Wedneseay whether he had spoken to Conte, Sarri replied:

“No, I don’t want to be influenced by nothing or by no one.

“Antonio has reached incredible results here and elsewhere. He is an extraordinary manager. Clearly I play in a slight different way so it will take some time for the squad [to adapt]. It will take some time to build a slightly different way of playing.”

Chelsea FC finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term.

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