Antonio Conte was sacked as Chelsea boss during the summer and replaced by Maurizio Sarri but months after his sacked, the Italian and Chelsea are yet to reach an agreement on his payoff.
According to The Times, a Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal has now been appointed to rule on the matter with both parties failing to reach an agreement.
Conte was sacked in July, two years into his three-year contract and wants to be paid for the final year of his deal, which would be worth around £9million — unless he takes another job.
Conte’s legal team are reportedly seeking for damages as they believe by leaving it so late to sack him, Chelsea stopped Conte from finding another top job in the summer.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are reluctant to pay Conte the final year of his contract with the club arguing Conte’s behaviour during his last year put him in breach of his contract.
Conte’s relationship with the board deteriorated during his final season at the club. Senior figures at Chelsea were unhappy Conte sent a text message to Diego Costa to tell the striker he was surplus to requirements. The club believes Conte’s conduct cost Chelsea millions as it reduced the value of Costa in the transfer market and Chelsea will reportedly use this against Conte.
The case between Conte and Chelsea could end up in High Court if any of the parties refuse to accept the ruling of the Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal.