Despite Chelsea being linked with several managers, Conte refused to step down from his post. It is understood that he felt his situation should have been dealt with a greater degree of respect, given that he won the Premier League title and the FA Cup in his two seasons in charge.
Chelsea's bitter battle with Antonio Conte could take another twist -after the Italian was left "disgusted" over his sacking as the club put the finishing touches to Maurizio Sarri's appointment as their new head coach.
However, somewhat farcically, Chelsea themselves are still yet to release any sort of official confirmation that Conte is no longer their manager.
Despite being axed by Napoli, Sarri remained under contract with the club and they have been seeking a compensation figure from Chelsea to allow him to join the Blues.
Conte leaves with the best win percentage 65.1% of any of Chelsea's managers in the Premier League era.
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That title-winning season in 2016-17 was John Terry's final campaign at the club, and the former Blues captain has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to his old boss.
"I wish you every success in the future".
Sarri is believed to have agreed to bring former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola - whose managerial career has stalled after a series of failures - along as one of his backroom staff.
Chelsea are also close to signing Napoli midfielder Jorginho, who played under Sarri at Empoli and the Naples.