When it was announced that Chelsea would be parting ways with Antonio Conte and would be replacing him with Maurizio Sarri, a few players in the squad undoubtedly ended up worried about their role at the club.

For example, the now former manager used a three at the back formation, while his successor likes to use four.

This meant the number of centre-backs being used throughout the season would be reduced, and players like Gary Cahill, yet to be used by Sarri, have felt the brunt of it.

David Luiz, on the other hand, has been a regular starter, yet to miss a minute of football in the league, but his season could have been very different had Antonio Conte stayed.

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We say this as Calciomercato claim the defender was offered to both Juventus and Napoli over the summer, which we can only assume was done at the ex-Chelsea manager’s request, since the pair fell out during his tenure.

The Serie A champions apparently turned down the opportunity to sign the Brazilian, bringing back Leonardo Bonucci back from AC Milan instead.

As for Napoli, there had been rumblings of an interest, with claims they were only prepared to pay €15m for his services.

Football, eh?