Chelsea star's future takes precedence over finding Antonio Conte's replacement

Chelsea star's future takes precedence over finding Antonio Conte's replacement

It's been widely touted that Antonio Conte would be given the boot after what has been a below-par season.

Shelvey then lashed a shot wide from inside the penalty area before the increasingly-confident Gayle forced Courtois into a brilliant save low down to his left.

Newcastle's level had dropped but it did not prevent the home side from doubling their advantage as Perez got the slightest touch to a Shelvey volley from outside of the area to divert the ball into the far corner of the net.

Ayoze Perez (9.5/10): Arguably the best player of the game, Ayoze Perez's incredible performance helped Newcastle register a thumping win over the Premier League giants.

Question marks also remain over the future of Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, who is set for key talks with the club's owner Mike Ashley in the next week to discuss his potential summer transfer budget as he looks to build on an encouraging campaign.

Their penultimate four games of the season aside, the Magpies have been soaring in the second half of the campaign.

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'For sure, probably, I will go to Milan for the game for Pirlo on the 21st [of May],' he added.

"When you are at the end of the season, this can happen".

Martin Dubravka (8/10): Had absolutely nothing to do in the first half but showed once again as to why he has transformed into a cult figure during his short stint with Newcastle with some great saves, which kept denying Chelsea from getting on the scoresheet. The atmosphere was not quite as emotionally charged as it was two years ago, when Newcastle ran out 5-1 winners against Tottenham on the final day after relegation to the Championship. "It certainly doesn't mean he's a bad manager if it doesn't work out here, that's Chelsea's model and it works for them".

Chelsea were defeated by Newcastle United 3-0 on the final day of the Premier League season, on what was one of the darkest days in recent memory from a Blues perspective.

Jose Mourinho led his Red Devils side to a win over Watford to end their league season on a high and there is no doubting who goes into that huge clash in better shape. That may well have been his final Premier League game in charge of this football club, and it epitomised everything that's gone wrong for him this season.