Chelsea have been ordered to pay their former head coach Antonio Conte £9million in compensation after he won a legal battle against them following his sacking in 2018.
The Italian has fought to secure the full payment from the final year of his salary, with Chelsea countering his claim, by citing a breach of contract in his final year at Stamford Bridge, report The Times.
That payoff total will mean Roman Abramovich has paid out more than £90million in compensation to sacked managers since taking over the club in 2003.
Having won the 2016/17 Premier League in his first season at Chelsea, Conte then endured a turbulent second, falling out with a number of players, including axing striker Diego Costa by text, and senior executives.
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He was dismissed after just two years in charge and had 12 months remaining on his contract.
Conte’s final match in charge, was a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
The 49-year-old has been linked with a return to management with Inter Milan.
He will reportedly sign a three or four-year deal at the San Siro, according to the Guardian.
Conte has his heart set on returning to Serie A and is relishing the challenge of turning Inter into title contenders again.
Chelsea pay-offs to managers under Abramovich
Antonio Conte (July 2018): £9m
Guus Hiddink (May 2016): None
José Mourinho (Dec 2015): £8.3m (for him and his staff)
Rafael Benítez (May 2013): None
Roberto Di Matteo (Nov 2012): £10.7m
André Villas-Boas (March 2012): £12m
Carlo Ancelotti (May 2011): £6m
Luiz Felipe Scolari (Feb 2009): £12.6m
Avram Grant (May 2008): £5.2m
José Mourinho (Sept 2007): £23.1 (for him and his staff)
Claudio Ranieri (May 2004): £6m