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Confirmed: Antonio Conte will be the next Chelsea manager

Italian agrees three-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Conte: Italian coach will head for London after Euro 2016.
Conte: Italian coach will head for London after Euro 2016.
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Updated 13.30

ANTONIO CONTE WILL be the next Chelsea manager.

The Italian national coach has agreed a three-year contract and will take over at Stamford Bridge following Euro 2016.

Conte, 46, had long been touted as the man to succeed Guus Hiddink, who took over on an interim basis following Chelsea’s shocking start to the season and Jose Mourinho’s sudden departure.

“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,” he said.

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.

A club legend at Juventus during his playing days, Conte steered the Turin giants to three straight Serie A titles between 2011 and 2014.

He took over as Italian national coach in August 2014, replacing Cesare Prandelli, and led the Azzurri through an undefeated qualification campaign for Euro 2016.

“We are very pleased to have recruited one of the most highly regarded managers in world football and we are equally pleased to do so before the end of the current season,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.

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