Frank Lampard believes if Chelsea tie Antonio Conte down to a new contract it would be their signing of the summer.
Conte has signalled his eagerness to stay next season but an extension to his current deal, which expires in 2019, is yet to be confirmed.
The Italian is one of the most sought-after coaches in Europe after leading Chelsea to the Premier League title in his opening season at Stamford Bridge.
And while the Blues are set to make a number of big-money signings this summer, Lampard, who scored 211 goals in 649 appearances for the club, says Conte would be the best.
“Antonio would be their most important signing – for me he was their man of the season,” Lampard said.
“You talk about player of the year, I’m all for giving the players credit but because it was such a dramatic uplift from the year before I think you have to give him huge credit.
“You saw the system change and how he made them play in that formation, it worked well.
“I think he’s a huge signing for them. I have no doubts, I don’t know but I’m pretty confident he’ll be there and they’ll bring in players to play in the system he wants to play.”
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) June 23, 2017