Conte thanks ‘amazing’ Chelsea fans

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Antonio Conte’s reign as Chelsea boss is over

Antonio Conte says Chelsea supporters will always ‘stay in his heart’.

Conte, 48, was this week replaced by fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri. He had another year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

In a statement issued by the League Managers Association, Conte said: “I have enjoyed my time in England and London so much and I want to thank the Chelsea fans who have been amazing to me and my family.

“It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these amazing Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart.”

Conte won the Premier League title in his first season in charge and backed that up by winning the FA Cup last season.

“I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together,” he added.

“To the players, whose talent and commitment was so important to our successes, I thank them for everything. It has been a pleasure working with them every day.

“To my staff, who always worked so hard, I must say thank you and well done for their professionalism and dedication throughout.

“I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season.

“I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge.”