CONFIRMED: Chelsea appoint Antonio Conte as manager for next season

The Italy manager had been heavily linked with the job and will take over the club after the European Championships

CONFIRMED: Chelsea appoint Antonio Conte as manager for next season

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Chelsea have confirmed Italy manager Antonio Conte will take over as first team manager from next season on a three-year deal.

Conte was widely expected to take over at Chelsea after this summer's European Championships and reports emerging this morning indicated he would sign a deal with the club this week.

Conte, who has previously guided Juventus to the Serie A accruing a record 102 points, was in London to finalise negotiations which will see him take charge of the Premier League champions.

‘I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that" he told Chelsea's official website.

'I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.

'Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.

'I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.’

The 46-year-old will replace interim boss Guus Hiddink who has been in charge since the unceremonious departure of Jose Mourinho.

Conte will be the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following on from Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.