Chelsea have announced that Antonio Conte will take over the reigns at Stamford Bridge, starting from next season.
“I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club,” the 46-year-old said on the club’s website. “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.”
Conte will be the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following on from Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 4 april 2016
It was hardly a secret anymore that the current Italy national coach would be taking charge of Chelsea in the summer. Conte will take charge of the Blues after leading the Azzurri to the continental completion at France. He has already announced that he will be stepping down from his Italy job following the European Championships.
According to the latest report from reliable Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, the Italian was seen in London ahead of contract negotiations, and the West London were expected to make an official statement about the appointment on Monday.
Prior to taking charge of the Italy national team, Conte was in charge of Juventus and won three consecutive Serie A titles with the Turin club.
He is expected to raid Serie A transfer market to overhaul Chelsea’s squad in the summer. The West London club have been linked with a host of Serie A players after it emerged that Conte will be taking charge of the club.
AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan is considered to be Conte’s top summer transfer target.