Antonio Conte returns to take Chelsea training

Doug Mendoza
July 10, 2018

So with Chelsea having arranged pre-season preparations to start today, not many would have been expecting Antonio Conte to still be in charge.

Conte surprisingly took charge of training on Monday at Cobham despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, while it has been claimed that Manchester City are bracing for the prospect of missing out on Jorginho and lining up alternatives.

City's first pre-season friendly sees them take on Borussia Dortmund on July 21.

While a number of his players have been away on global 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.

It is understood Conte held meetings and, unless the situation changes, will fulfil the final year of his contract.

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The Italian has been widely tipped to leave Stamford Bridge this summer following a disappointing campaign which saw Chelsea finish fifth in the Premier League, although they did end the season with FA Cup glory.

The prolonged uncertainty surrounding Conte and Sarri has had a paralysing effect on Chelsea's transfer plans in a window already complicated by the World Cup and compressed by the Premier League's earlier deadline, set for August 9.

Cesc Fabregas posted a picture with David Luiz, Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta in the physio room, as the players went through medical tests after the session.

Here is a video that the club have released of the players being put through their paces.

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