Chelsea start pre-season with Conte 'hiding'

Coach wasn't visible in any photos

Posted Sunday, July 08, 2018 by

Chelsea start pre-season with Conte 'hiding'

Chelsea's summer holidays are over and their players have returned to action, though not joined by their coach, Antonio Conte.

That is, everyone who has no World Cup commitments, either ongoing or recently ended, returned to Cobham on Saturday for the first physical tests following the break.

On Monday, pre-season training among the players will officially begin.

Although important players like Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and N'Golo Kante are currently still in Russia, there was another surprise absentee.

Coach Antonio Conte was not visible in any of the photographs which were published by the club.

However, as the English press pointed out, he was expected to be in attendance given that he has not departed the club, although his future is still in doubt.

He has been the subject of great speculation for much of the summer, with Conte expected to depart and be replaced by compatriot Maurizio Sarri.

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