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Chelsea officially announce Antonio Conte’s appointment as their next manager

After weeks of speculation Chelsea have finally announced Antonio Conte as their manager who will take charge of the club next season. The announcement came minutes earlier on Chelsea’s official twitter account.

According to the official reports, Conte has signed a 3-year deal with Chelsea and will begin his work in London next season after Italy’s participation in the Euro 2016.

AC Milan were another team linked with Conte but after swift rounds of talks with Roman Abramovich and agreeing on the transfer plans, Conte has picked Chelsea and will head to Premier League next season.

Conte is currently managing Italian national team and will lead The Azzuries to upcoming Euro 2016 Championship in France later this year. Conte had previously revealed his desires to quit as Italy’s manager post Euro 2016 and return to club management.

After avoiding Chelsea talks for weeks, Conte came out and gave his official statement on being named as the next Chelsea manager.

Conte 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.

‘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.’

Conte will be Chelsea’s fifth Italian manager following Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo. Chelsea have suffered a horrific 2015/16 season both on and off the field.

To start with, fans and management would hope Conte to deliver a successful and controversy free season when he takes charge of the club this summer.

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