Antonio Conte returns for Chelsea training amid job uncertainty

Antonio Conte

While a number of his players have been away on worldwide duty at the World Cup, those who have not been to Russian Federation have returned to Chelsea's Cobham training ground to start getting into shape once again.

Conte is still now in charge, but Maurizio Sarri is expecting to be cleared to replace him as manager of Chelsea at the start of next week.

The large group of Blues players not involved in the World Cup, including Cesc Fabregas, David Luiz and Alvaro Morata, returned to the club's training base for fitness tests after an extended summer break while Conte made his first appearance since shortly after winning the FA Cup final in May.

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Conte is still under contract at the Stamford Bridge outfit but is expected to leave the Premier Leave side as soon as Maurizio Sarri is finally named as new manager.

The ongoing saga has delayed transfer business - both incomings and outgoings - with some current players including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, understood to be reluctant to stay should Conte remain in charge.

As late as Sunday evening, the Chelsea players did not know who was poised to take their training, while the confusion has led to knock-on effects for many in the transfer window.

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Despite the uncertainty surrounding the manager's position, squad members appeared in top spirit as they commenced preparations ahead of the new campaign.

Rising star Ethan Ampadu was not scared to make a tough tackle as he becomes fully integrated into the first-team set-up, with a view to gaining more first-team minutes.

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