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Ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique ‘to be named Chelsea boss in coming days’ with Antonio Conte set to leave

Maurizio Sarri and Laurent Blanc were considered leading candidates but reports suggest Spaniard is now frontrunner

Luis Enrique is close to being named Chelsea’s new manager, according to reports in Catalonia.

The former Barcelona boss had emerged as the early favourite for the role when it was first suggested Antonio Conte would be leaving earlier in the season.

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Luis Enrique has allegedly become the new favourite to take over from Antonio Conte at Chelsea

Chelsea appear to no longer be interested in Maurizio Sarri as manager

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Chelsea appear to no longer be interested in Maurizio Sarri as manager

Negotiations went cold and Laurent Blanc and Maurizio Sarri emerged as the new frontrunners.


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But Sport report a deal for Enrique, 48, is now back on and he could be appointed within the coming days.

Conte is still Chelsea manager as things stand, but is almost certain to leave after a difficult season — despite winning the FA Cup.


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After Napoli appointed Carlo Ancelotti, Sarri appeared set to make the switch to Stamford Bridge, only for the Blues to get cold feet due to various off the field misdemeanours.

Laurent Blanc became candidate after Chelsea reneged on Maurizio Sarri

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Laurent Blanc became candidate after Chelsea reneged on Maurizio Sarri

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Ex-France boss Blanc then suddenly became the favourite for the role but Sport insist Enrique is now on the verge of signing.

The report claims he fits the bill perfectly as a young coach, who can get the best out of his squad, with an exciting, attacking style.

He is a fitness fanatic and will make sure his players are in perfect shape throughout the season.

Chelsea hope he can lead them back to the Champions League after a season in the Europa League.


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