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Antonio Conte is reportedly prepared to take a year-long sabbatical if he departs Chelsea this summer, opposed to walking straight back into another job.

We have all now come to terms with the fact that Conte’s days as Chelsea manager are numbered. His record-breaking Premier League title-triumph engraved his name into the club’s hall-of-fame, but a fifth-place finish will not be good enough to save even him.

The Italian is poised to depart, despite having one-year remaining on his contract with the Blues. The Telegraph believe that Conte is in no rush to find another job, and will consider taking a year out of the game if Chelsea decide to part ways with him this summer.

The difficulty there from a Chelsea perspective is that we face paying the remaining £9M on Conte’s contract. Whether that be in one lump sum or over the course of 12-months will likely be negotiated between himself and the club.

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