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Chelsea return for pre-season... without Conte?

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Chelsea return for pre-season... without Conte?

BeSoccer by BeSoccer @besoccer_com - 3 4,710

Chelsea returned to their Cobham training ground on Saturday to start their pre-season preparations, but the main talking point was the fact that manager Antonio Conte did not appear in any of the club's photos from the session.

The holidays are over for Chelsea's vast array of stars as they joined a host of other sides in returning to training. 

Whilst a number of players are still away on international duty, life goes on for club sides as preparations for the new season continue.

However, Conte appeared to be nowhere to be seen in the images of the session posted on the club's official website.

Despite his lack of visibility, elements of the British press have insisted that the Italian was indeed present at the session.

Conte's absence would be completely understandable, with his Stamford Bridge future thought to be up in the air amid reports the club are keen on replacing him with fellow countryman Maurizio Sarri.

The former Napoli boss has been on Chelsea's radar for some time and is believed to top their shortlist, though the move could be scuppered by the need to pay off Conte and his coaching staff.

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