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Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has held talks about replacing Conte but he remains contracted to the Italian club, who have already appointed Carlo Ancelotti to be their new coach.

De Laurentiis also revealed the 59-year-old Sarri could be joined at Stamford Bridge by Italy global Jorginho.

Conte's departure comes after winning the Premier League title in 2017 and the FA Cup last season.

"It's a very competitive league, between United who'll invest a lot, Chelsea themselves, the always improving Tottenham, Arsenal.it's a very lively league and very open to other clubs".

Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

"Jorginho to Chelsea is not tied to Sarri".

Several players have been left in limbo due to this question mark, with David Luiz one of the players expected to report back on Monday, though his relationship with Conte is strained.

Meanwhile, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC that Chelsea are set to hand highly rated midfielder Mason Mount a new deal before sending him on loan to Derby.

It was a great contrast to his first year in England, when he took Chelsea from a tenth place finish the previous season, to the title in dominant fashion.

And while pictures and videos of all Chelsea players, not involved at the World Cup, raining have been doing the rounds all week, one person conspicuous by his absence in all social media spots is embattled coach Antonio Conte.

The cinema mogul disclosed that he had cut a deal with Manchester City for the midfielder over two weeks ago but Chelsea had offered a higher salary and the Italy global preferred to move to London rather than Manchester.

Chelsea have yet to sign a player this summer transfer window, but it is thought that once the regime change is done, a few transfers will follow.