London - Italy coach Antonio Conte was named as Chelsea's
new manager on Monday after the reigning Premier League champions announced he
had signed a three-year deal that will start following Euro 2016.
The 46-year-old former Juventus boss took over the Italian
national team in August 2014 and secured their qualification for the European
"I am happy we have made the announcement now so
everything is clear and we can end the speculation," said Conte, first
tipped as a successor to interim manager Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge last
month, in a statement on Chelsea's website.
"I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian
national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the
Also read: Antonio Conte to step down as Italy coach after Euro 2016
Chelsea have been without a permanent manager since the
London club sacked former boss Jose Mourinho in December after they lost nine
out the first 16 games of their Premier League title defence.
Under Dutch coach Hiddink, they have mounted something of a
recovery and last weekend's 4-0 win away to bottom of the table Aston Villa
left Chelsea tenth in the 20-team Premier League.For
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