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Chelsea’s plan to avoid paying Antonio Conte full £9million compensation

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Chelsea put their case to Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal

Chelsea are looking to avoid paying Antonio Conte his full £9million compensation package by arguing he didn’t act ‘in the best interests of the club’.

Conte took charge of the club after Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea following his third stint at the Blues.

In his first season, Conte guided Chelsea to a Premier League title and did so in very impressive fashion.

However, his second season certainly didn’t go to plan.

The Italian was sacked despite winning the FA Cup, predominantly for their lacklustre Champions League and Premier League performances.

Chelsea were forced to pay Conte’s £9million severance package, but are now looking to avoid paying it all.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Conte’s treatment of Diego Costa holds the key

That is because the club are planning to argue Conte’s treatment of Diego Costa was not ‘in the best interests of the club’.

According to a report by the Times, Chelsea will argue that Conte’s treatment of the striker ‘was not in the best interests of the club and that as a result he is not entitled to his full severance package of £9 million.’

Conte infamously text Costa during pre-season to tell him “you are not in my plan”, as revealed by AS at the time.

That lead to a bitter feud that eventually saw Costa rejoin Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea, according to the Times, believe that feud meant Costa was not sold for his true market value.

As a result, that will form the brunt of their argument when their opinion is heard by a Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal.

Maurizio Sarri’s potential Chelsea exit route to AS Roma

While there is still a legal battle over Chelsea’s former boss, the Blues could soon let go of Conte’s successor.

That is because Maurizio Sarri is under pressure at Stamford Bridge.

Now, new reports have suggested a return to Serie A with AS Roma is on the cards

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