Antonio Conte was surprisingly still in charge of the English club when they resumed pre-season training earlier this week, but reports on Thursday claimed that he had left his role.

The news has now been confirmed by Chelsea, who are widely expected to appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach following his departure from Napoli.

“Chelsea football club and Antonio Conte have parted company,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“During Antonio’s time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup. In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive league victories. We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”