Former Nigeria Star, Emenalo Quits Chelsea As Technical Director

Michael Emenalo has quit his role as Premier League champions Chelsea's technical director

But Emenalo was visibly happy to see Andreas Christensen excel on Sunday against Manchester United, while he was also instrumental in signing Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, De Bruyne and Lukaku.

Conte made little effort at the start of the season to hide his frustration at the club's failure to recruit at the level required, and while Emenalo's departure is understood to be in no way directly linked to that, his absence is hardly likely to help the situation.

In a statement on Chelsea's official website, Emenalo said: "This has been a very hard decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club".

However, while Chelsea are unlikely to exercise any sort of restraint on Emenalo's future employment, the 52-year-old is adamant that at present he has no job offers on the table.

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Conte, on the other hand, had this to say about the situation: "I am very sorry to see Michael leave Chelsea, and I would like to thank him for all his help and support since I arrived at this club".

This comes amid growing doubts over Conte's own future, with the Italian reportedly frustrated over the inaccessibility of Abramovich as the champions struggle.

According to a report on the UK Telegraph, Emenalo chose to leave after declining not to engage in a three-way power battle with current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Marina Granovskaia who are known not to see eye to eye. His tenure saw the London side through what is arguably their best period, where they secured three Premier League titles, a Champions League triumph, and several other domestic honors too.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said Emenalo's resignation has been accepted "with regret".

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