Manager Antonio Conte was in charge of Chelsea’s return for pre-season training on Monday, amid speculation over his future at the club.
Conte was expected to be fired at the end of last term, in which the Blues surrendered their Premier League title with a limp fifth-place finish, although they did win the FA Cup.
Maurizio Sarri was said to have been lined up to take over at Stamford Bridge and it appeared to be a matter of time before a deal was confirmed when Napoli sacked him in May for taking too long to decide on his future.
However, a contractual dispute with Napoli has reportedly prevented Chelsea from snapping Sarri up, leaving Conte at the helm after he regularly challenged the hierarchy’s authority with comments about their transfer policy in the most recent campaign
Conte, who is now into the final year of his contract, also spent much of the weekend at Chelsea’s base.