Antonio Conte takes Chelsea training amid uncertain club future

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Sarri, who left Napoli earlier this summer, has always been linked with the west London club and many expected him to be in charge by now.

Chelsea travel to Western Australia to take on Perth Glory in a friendly on July 23, before participating in the International Champions Cup with fixtures against Inter, Arsenal and Lyon either side of facing Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 5.

And the London outfit is looking forward to sorting out the appointment of Sarri as soon as possible to enhance Chelsea's preparation ahead of the new campaign.

The 59-year-old Italian was tipped to take over from his compatriot at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea failed to qualify for UEFA Champions League football after finishing fifth.

The Blues have spent all summer trying to negotiate a deal with former Napoli manager, Maurizio Sarri, to replace him.

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Antonio Conte returned to Chelsea's Cobham training ground on Saturday as the Blues began their preseason preparations with no resolution in sight to the uncertainty surrounding the club's head coaching situation, sources have told ESPN FC.

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.

An agreement in principle is in place to bring Sarri to Stamford Bridge, but the Blues still need to work with Napoli to secure his release from his contract.

Chelsea are also expected to play Inter Milan, Arsenal, Man City and Lyon in the International Champions Cup after playing in Australia.

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