The Daily Mirror are reporting that Chelsea have been forced to award £9m in compensation to Antonio Conte after sacking the Italian coach last summer.
Chelsea presented an argument that the coach’s messages to Diego Costa had cost them money in the transfer market.
Conte did not take a job this season, instead preferring to sit out and strengthen his case against his former club.
The Mirror also say that the club could still challenge the findings of the tribunal in the High Court. But at this stage, they may just choose to move on. They waste more than that on players in most Januaries, and this bad press isn’t doing them any favours.
They already have questions about their current manager, and getting involved with this dispute any longer just risks overshadowing progress in other areas.
Diego Costa’s serious decline this season hasn’t helped our case that we deserved more money for him.