Chelsea have announced that Antonio Conte will replace Guus Hiddink as the Blues’ manager ahead of next season.
The Italian has been heavily linked with the role for some weeks now and fuelled speculation when he announced that he’ll leave his role as Italy’s boss after EURO 2016.
Conte has signed a three-year deal with the club to replace interim boss Hiddink following this summer’s tournament, with the Dutchman having been drafted in following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the 46-year-old revealed that he’s excited by the challenge facing him and that he’s glad the announcement has ended the rumours surrounding his future:
“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 will be the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.
Chelsea are currently wallowing in 10th position in the Premier League and are staring at a 2016/17 campaign devoid of any form of European football.