Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea in blow to Roman Abramovich

Michael Emenalo has ended his 10-year stay at Chelsea
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'I have had the privilege to work alongside some of the most talented people in the world of sport over the past 10 years, and I will depart incredibly proud of the achievements we have made. "I have enjoyed working with him very much, we celebrated a Premier League title together in May, and I wish him the very best for the future", Conte said on the 52-year-old's departure.

It was initially believed by many that Emenalo wasn't getting on with Conte, and footage of the Italian leaving Stamford Bridge in a joyous frenzy after beating Manchester United yesterday seemed to fuel that.

Emenalo cited a desire to spend more time with his young family as his reason for leaving after ten years in a variety of roles at Chelsea, but is also understood to have grown tired of the various power struggles and internal conflicts at the club.

'David Luiz has to work with the others if he deserves to play, otherwise he will stay on the bench or in the stands'.

Instead Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Davide Zappacosta, Danny Drinkwater and Alvaro Morata were recruited, with only the Spanish striker looking an instant success.

Conte's future beyond this season is by no means secure but the manager himself is not thought to be a reason for the Nigerian's departure.

He worked in both scouting and coaching departments at Chelsea before being promoted to technical director in 2011.

Chelsea have been criticised in the past for their policy of signing up young and promising players before sending them out of loan for extended periods.

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