Understandably, the former Juventus boss did not want to miss out on his £9m Chelsea payoff and returned for pre-season training this week.
Despite winning the FA Cup last term, the club have parted ways with the Italian, and former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri will take the reigns, becoming the club's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich took charge in 2003.
The results that followed were below par, and the Blues finished fifth in the Premier League and were eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona at the last-16 stage, having suffered a 4-1 aggregate defeat.
Contrast that to the end of his first season at the club, where Conte was feted for leading Chelsea to the league title by seven points after a record-breaking run of 13 straight wins in the middle of the season, sparked by an inspired and bold change of formation.
The London club says, "We wish Antonio every success in his future career".
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They were taken by helicopter to a hospital about 70 km (45 miles) away to join their team mates in quarantine for the time being. The rescue has dominated front-page headlines in Thailand and beyond for days. "I was exhausted", he said.
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Chelsea finally confirmed Conte's departure on Friday, with Cesc Fabregas paying tribute to the Italian coach on Twitter. "Great man, Great manager".
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Conte has been sacked after two years at Chelsea.
Napoli are also expecting compensation of around £4.5 million for Sarri, who is under contract even though he is no longer their coach.
In May, Napoli appointed Carlo Ancelotti to replace Sarri amid speculation that the latter could take the Chelsea job.
Selected for both the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000 squads in which Italy reached the final of both.