Chelsea make contact with 'very intrigued' Maurizio Sarri about replacing Antonio Conte

Andreas Christensen

Andreas Christensen

The Italian is expected to leave the club at the end of the season after a disappointing second season at Stamford Bridge.

The England midfielder joined the Blues from Leicester City last summer, but has only made five Premier League starts during a frustrating 2017-18 campaign. Drinkwater signed a five-year contract with the West Londoners, that runs till the summer of 2022.

Antonio Conte only has a few injury concerns ahead of the game.

Set to bring an end to a torrid spell at Chelsea?

Cesar Azpilicueta and Álvaro Morata have now combined for seven Premier League goals this season - in only one previous season have two Chelsea players combined for more (Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba in 2005-06, 8).

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The three-cap England global has been out of the squad or on the bench for the Blues' last five games, after playing in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City. And this has led to him getting dropped out of contention for the England national team that will travel to Russian Federation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the summer.

In the past it has also been felt that Chelsea's players had a huge amount of power and that when results have dipped the club's Russian owner has often been too fast to blame the manager.

Drinkwater was likely not top of Chelsea's transfer wish-list at the beginning of the transfer window.

If the Ivory Coast worldwide arrives at the Stamford Bridge, Drinkwater's game time will take a further hit, given that he is already behind the likes of Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko in the pecking order.

Meanwhile, ex-Chelsea star Mark Hughes is now managing Southampton who have surprised many by finding themselves in the relegation zone with just six games left to play this season.

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