Antonio Conte sacked? Chelsea repsond to rumours

Chelsea FC have responded to rumours that manager Antonio Conte has been sacked, telling journalists that the talk of the Italian’s departure isn’t accurate and that things are ‘business at usual’ at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s chances of playing Champions League football look all but dead after their 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday and as such, rumours started circulating on social media that Conte has been sacked.

However, as reported by the Mirror’s Darren Lewis, Cheslea have denied the stories.

Whilst a place in the top four looks of of reach, Chelsea still have an FA Cup semi-final clash with Southampton to prepare for and even if Conte does look likely to leave, it’s hard to imagine that he would be sacked before that game.

Plenty of reports suggest that current Juventus boss Max Allegri will be the man to replace Conte in the Stamford Bridge hottest but, if that is to be the case, it will be in the summer.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck clears the air over compensation negotiations for Ethan Ampadu

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has shed some light on compensation negotiations over former Exeter City defender Ethan Ampadu.

The teenager joined the Premier League side last summer and has gone on to make several first team appearances for the Blues.

However, the two clubs failed to agree a fee over the Welsh international, but a tribunal date is still yet to be set to decided for how much Chelsea must pay in compensation.

After writing a letter to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich over the tribunal, Exeter City fan Steve Dart was surprised to receive to response from club chairman Bruce Buck.

In the letter, which dates back to September 2017, Mr Buck insists Chelsea are willing to pay fair training compensation to the Grecians, and that the process for negotiating compensation is not an expensive one.

Mr Buck writes: “I am afraid that I am not able to provide details of the discussions ae confidential. However, I believe you have two assumptions incorrect.

“First, Chelsea is quite willing to pay fair training compensation to Exeter City for Ethan Ampadu. Secondly, the process agreed by the Premier League and Football League for determining compensation is not an expensive proceeding.

“It is a relatively informal process, which is tried and tested to determine appropriate compensation in circumstances such this.

“Chelsea FC has also been on both sides of this process, and, to date, it has always been an effective way to determine appropriate compensation.”

Mr Buck concluded by wishing Exeter City a successful season.

“I hope the above thoughts are helpful. Thank you for writing to Mr Abramovich and best wishes to Exeter City for a successful season. As you say, UTC!”

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