CHELSEA have been ordered to pay former head coach Antonio Conte £9million in compensation following his dismissal last summer.
The Italian was sacked after failing to secure Champions League football during the 2017/18 campaign, despite lifting the FA Cup.
Conte launched a legal battle against the west London club after not receiving compensation following his departure, and The Times reported on Wednesday that a three-person panel has sided with the former Juventus boss in the case.
It brings an end to a 10-month feud, with Chelsea having claimed that their former head coach’s behaviour towards Diego Costa – who was told he could leave via text message – as well as a number of players and club executives, had put him in breach of his contract.
Chelsea angered Conte by waiting two months after the end of last season to sack him – therefore impacting his chances of finding another position ahead of the new campaign – but the Italian is now in talks over becoming the new Inter Milan head coach.
Conte has been paid for the final year of his three-year deal and the 49-year-old’s payoff means that Chelsea have paid £92.9m in compensation to former managers during the Roman Abramovich era.
Despite a third-placed finish and with the prospect of silverware in the Europa League final against Arsenal next week, that figure could rise this summer with current head coach Maurizio Sarri expected to depart Stamford Bridge.
Derby manager and former midfielder Frank Lampard has been strongly linked with the post. – Eurosport