Premier League: Chelsea confirm appointment of Antonio Conte as manager for next season
Chelsea have confirmed that their next permanent manager will be current Italy boss Antonio Conte.
Conte, has signed a three-year contract. He will begin work in London following his country’s participation in this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.
Speaking on the club;s official website, the 46-year-old said: ‘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.'
'I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.'
Conte's last job at club level was Juventus, where he played over 400 games for the Italian giants. He managed the club between 2011 and 2014 winning three straight Serie A titles.
'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.' Conte continued.
'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 will be the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following on from Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo. In common with the first three of those names, he was formerly at Juventus, in his case as both a player and a manager.
Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck added: ‘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.’