Former Super Eagles star Michael Emenalo quits Chelsea, set for Monaco

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Chelsea said in a statement: "Chelsea Football Club today announces that technical director Michael Emenalo has chose to stand down from his role".

Michael Emenalo has stepped down as Chelsea technical director after a hard summer in the transfer market for the club.

The former Nigerian worldwide, who joined Chelsea in 2007 and has been technical director since 2011, has already been linked with a position at Monaco.

Emenalo's role also saw him have an influence on transfers, including Chelsea's much-scrutinised loan strategy, and developing players from the academy.

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

"Sources have suggested that Emenalo does not wish to engage in a three-way power battle with Conte and Granovskaia who are known not to see eye to eye".

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

Chelsea have since confirmed Emenalo's exit officially, with a statement that includes quotes thanking the technical director for his work from Conte, Granovskaia, and chairman Bruce Buck. I wish Chelsea every success and look forward to following the club's future triumphs from afar'.

One of owner Roman Abramovich's most trusted lieutenants, he joined the club as a scout before moving up the ranks at Stamford Bridge. He has had a tremendous impact on the club over the past 10 years and this is evident in everything we have achieved.

In the 10 years Emenalo has been involved with the club, Chelsea has won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the EFL Cup, Europa League and Champions League, playing a major part in the assembling of those successful squads.

Chelsea will review its management structure in the wake of Emenalo's departure but revealed he will be involved in that process.