Antonio Conte has signed a new two-year contract with Chelsea, the club has confirmed.
The former Juventus and Italy manager, who won the Premier League title in his debut season with the Blues, was rumoured to be unhappy with the club’s slow progress in the transfer market. However, Chelsea have now quashed all the speculation regarding his future, by announcing the new deal for the 47-year-old.
“I am very happy to have signed a new contract,” the Italian told the club’s official website. “We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.”
He further added: “The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together.”
Club director Marina Granovskaia had his say on the new deal, by stating: “Antonio achieved incredible success last season, adapting to English football very quickly and leading us to the Premier League title.
“This new contract reflects our belief that he can continue to deliver results both domestically and as we return to European competition in the Champions League.”
Having already signed Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko, Conte will now hope to end the summer transfer window on a high by signing an attacking reinforcement, before his team begins its league title defence and prepares for a brand new UEFA Champions League campaign.