Chelsea have been ordered to pay Antonio Conte €10.3m in compensation after the Coach won his legal battle with the club.
The Times reports a Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal ruled in favour of Conte.
However, the case may end up in the High Court if Chelsea refuse to accept the judgment.
The Blues sacked the Italian last summer, a year before his contract was due to expire, but his lawyers argued he was entitled to a £9m (€10.3m) payoff, unless he takes another job.
The club, on the other hand, felt the 49-year-old’s behaviour saw him breach the terms of his employment after he fell out with the likes of Diego Costa.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has shelled out more than £70m (€80m) on compensation for sacked Coaches since buying the Londoners in 2003.
Conte, for his part, became Abramovich’s ninth managerial casualty as he made way for ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, whose own future is shrouded in doubt.
The former Juventus boss is widely expected to take charge of Inter this summer.