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Published: 14:14 | 4/4/16

Conte named Chelsea manager


Chelsea have appointed Antonio Conte as their new head coach on a three-year deal.

Conte travelled to London to meet with club chiefs and finalise the terms of his contract which will see him take over at Stamford Bridge after Euro 2016.

The 46-year-old will step down as Italy head coach after this summer's European Championships in France before succeeding Jose Mourinho as permanent manager of the Premier League side.

"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," Conte told the club'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."

Conte was first linked with the position following Mourinho's departure in December and Monday's announcement ends months of speculation regarding the vacancy.

Mourinho's sacking came on the back of a dismal start to the season and although they are unbeaten under Guus Hiddink the Blues are in danger of missing out on European qualification.

Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia said: "We are very pleased to have recruited one of the most highly regarded managers in world football and we are equally pleased to do so before the end of the current season. This aids our future planning.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Guus Hiddink, who has done a great job since he joined us in December."

The Italian spent three years at Juventus, guiding the club to three straight Serie A titles as well as two Italian Super Cups.

"Antonio Conte has a record of consistent success in his career as a manager and as a player. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge and are confident he will find all he needs to maintain that high standard of achievement," Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck stated.

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