Italian’s fight for a full severance package to cost Chelsea losses worth millions

Ex-Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte defended his two years in charge as Chelsea manager and explained why he should receive a full severance package estimated at around £9m, according to media reports.

The Italian coach appeared in person as a Premier League arbitration panel heard the final day of evidence on Thursday, hoping to find a resolution to the embittered eight-month dispute.

Media reports understand lawyers will conclude their deliberations on Friday before a three-person panel – with a judgement expected in 10-14 days.

Since his acrimonious departure from Stamford Bridge in July, lawyers from both sides have tried and failed to agree a suitable pay-off – Conte is claiming £9m to pay up the remaining 12 months of his contract.

Chelsea however counter that Conte’s behaviour towards players and staff at the club – and in particular his text messages to Diego Costa, telling him he was not part of his future plans – means he was in breach of his contract and should receive a much smaller settlement.


Conte has been linked with a number of roles across Europe since his departure from Stamford Bridge but has remained out of football management for the entire 2018-19 season.

Failure to agree a deal could see the case move to a potentially embarrassing employment tribunal and ultimately the High Court.

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