Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea, may head to Monaco

Michael Emenalo

It is believed that Chelsea's transfer proceedings in the summer window evoked conflict between Conte and Emenalo alongside director Marina Granovskaia.

The former Notts County defender joined Chelsea in October 2007 and has been technical director since July 2011.

Emenalo: "This has been a very hard decision to make, but one I believe is right for both myself and my family, and the club".

Emanalo, who has been at Chelsea for ten years, has made a decision to leave as his relationship with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has broken down, with player recruitment seemingly the key issue. "I need an opportunity to get to see my young kids grow and also to step back and reflect on the work that I have done here and the things that we have been able to accomplish together in this great club", he told Chelsea TV.

'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.

Although Emenalo's relationship with Conte was not hard, this is a club with power struggles going on off the pitch. 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 moved up to fourth place in the table following the win, and now trail league leaders Manchester City by eight points.

During his 10 years at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have won a host of major honours but have had 10 different managers in that time.

Club chairman Bruce Buck remarked: "It is with regret that the owner and board of directors accepted Michael's resignation this week". He has had a tremendous impact on the club over the past 10 years and this is evident in everything we have achieved.

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