OFFICIAL: Chelsea appoint Conte

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“Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Conte as First Team Head Coach,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“Conte, who is currently the manager of the Italy national side, has signed a three-year contract. He will begin work in London following his country’s participation in this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.”

The 46-year-old Italian expressed his delight at joining the current Premier League champions.

“I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club,” he said. “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.”

Conte, who won three consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus from 2011 to 2014, will be the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following on from Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.

The Blues currently sit tenth in the EPL standings, 25 points adrift of leaders Leicester City.

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