Chelsea have reportedly been mandated to pay former manager Antonio Conte a sum of £9 million severance fee.
The Italian born manager was sacked by the Blues last summer after just two seasons in charge of the club.
Conte won the Premier League and FA Cup titles during his two year reign at the Stamford Bridge, but that wasn’t enough to save his job.
However, having been forced out of the club with one season left on his contract, the Italian engaged the club in a legal battle, citing unfair dismissal and the Mirror reports that the tactician wants Chelsea to fulfill their end of the bargain by paying his wages for his final year in full.
The publication further states that a three-man Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal has sided with Conte in the bitter dispute.
Meanwhile, the Blues risk being taken to the High Court in England should they refuse to following their above ruling.
This also means that the Stamford Bridge outfit have been made to pay out about £90 million in compensation to sacked managers since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
Reports from the Blues camp claims Conte’s fractured relationship with club chiefs and his behaviour toward the end of his tenure amounted to a ‘breach of contract’
They also referred to his decision to dismiss Diego Costa from his squad via text message in 2017, cost Chelsea revenue; the Spain international was eventually sold to Atletico Madrid.
Conte was sacked by Chelsea via a cold, 61-word statement, and was never appreciated for his achievements during his two years in west London.
He could return to football management next season with Inter Milan possible destination for the Italian boss. A move to Juventus has also been mooted, but he didn’t leave the Bianconeri on good terms in 2014, and president Andrea Agnelli only sees him as a last resort to replace departing Max Allegri.