Chelsea FC refuse to meet 59-year-old’s release clause – report

Chelsea FC are refusing to meet Maurizio Sarri's contract release clause, according to a report in England

Chelsea FC manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Chelsea FC are refusing to meet Maurizio Sarri’s contract release clause, according to a report in England.

The Guardian is reporting that the Blues are in a standoff with Napoli in their attempt to appoint the 59-year-old as their new manager.

The same article states that Chelsea FC’s talks with Sarri over a two-year deal are progressing well with the option of an additional third year.

However, Napoli want Chelsea FC to match his £7m contract release clause despite the Italian club already appointing Sarri’s replacement.

According to the same story, Conte would be entitled to a compensation fee in the region of £7m if the Blues decide to terminate the Italian’s current deal.

Conte led the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season in charge when Chelsea FC finished seven points above second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The west London side won the FA Cup thanks to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Wembley after Eden Hazard’s winner from the penalty spot.

Chelsea FC haven’t won the Champions League since 2012 when the Blues beat Bayern Munich on penalties at the Allianz Arena.

The Blues lost 4-1 to FC Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 in 2017-18 campaign to exit the competition prematurely.

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