Chelsea have finally confirmed the appointment of Antonio Conte as their manager, starting in the summer.
It was reported on Monday morning that the Italian had flown to London to finalise talks with Chelsea over replacing Jose Mourinho, who was sacked as manager in December.
Guus Hiddink has acted as interim at Stamford Bridge, but the club have finally announced the permanent successor to Mourinho.
In a statement on their official website, Chelsea have confirmed that Conte will take over as manager after overseeing Italy’s participation in this summer’s European Championship.
Conte, who has signed a three-year deal at Chelsea, was appointed manager of the Italian national team after the 2014 World Cup. The 46-year-old previously enjoyed spells at Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena before joining Juventus, where he won three consecutive Serie A titles.
“I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club,” Conte told the club’s official 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.
“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.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 4, 2016