Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly revealed to the club’s players that Italy manager Antonio Conte will be installed as manager over the summer, according to Corriere dello Sport.
While Guus Hiddink is currently presiding over a return to form for the Blues, amid their nightmare title defence, he is only expected to remain in his role until the end of the season.
A number of top level managerial names have naturally been linked to the upcoming vacancy at Stamford Bridge, such as Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Outside bets such as Eddie Howe and Mark Hughes were also rumoured to have been considered.
However, the report claims Abramovich informed the players about Conte’s impending arrival on the eve of their 2-1 over Southampton last weekend.
The 46-year old is currently preparing to lead the Azzurri into Euro 2016 this summer, though has been widely tipped to move to West London after the tournament.
He crafted a reputation as one of the top managers on the continent after leading Juve to three successive Serie A titles before leaving Turin in 2014.