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Chelsea turn to Enrique as Napoli block Sarri

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Chelsea are set to replace Antonio Conte with Luis Enrique and appoint the former Barcelona man as their new manager ‘in the next few days’, according to reports in Spain

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Negotiations with Napoli over a deal for Maurizio Sarri, who has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, despite technically still being under contract, appear to have broken down.  Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Serie A club’s president, insists he will be ‘very reasonable’ should Chelsea wish to reignite their interest in the 59-year-old, but he is still said to be demanding €8million in compensation, despite his release clause having expired earlier this week.

“If anyone comes to negotiate for him, I will be very reasonable,’ he said.

“I am not a vindictive person and, I repeat, Sarri will always have my thanks.

‘I have always been very polite to him, I have always supported him. But at a certain point, if you have a contract with me for another two years but you start expressing doubts – saying things like ‘I don’t know if I’m staying.”

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