Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich according to Italian press has told the Blues’ playing staff that Antonio Conte has been appointed to replace interim manager Guus Hiddink who will leave the club at the end of the season.
Conte’s appointment has been expected after a series of talks with the Italy coach being offered a three-year contract worth £4.75million a year after tax.
Corriere dello Sport reported on Thursday that Chelsea owner Abramovich gathered his players at their Cobham training ground last weekend and told them: “I’ve signed Conte.”
Menawhile, reports from Stamford Brdige suggest Hiddink who took over from former boss Jose Mourinho following a disappointing start to the current campaign is to be rewarded with a advisory role Abramovich after helping the champions move into gear
Three more shiny points from the Golden Guus and Chelsea have taken a giant stride back up the Premier League. Victory at Norwich on Tuesday even prompted Guus Hiddink to set his sights on catching up with Manchester United, five points better off in fifth.
Hiddink has lost only twice in 37 games across his two short spells at Stamford Bridge.
In the Premier League, he has lost one: a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham, to a goal by Luka Modric, on March 29, 2009.
On his return, Hiddink is unbeaten in 11 league games, a run which has lifted the fallen champions from the brink of relegation to eighth.
They have won the last three in the Premier League, showing some of the old Chelsea fighting spirit to summon a late winner at Southampton and cling onto the lead at Norwich.
With 10 to play, the Dutchman can suddenly detect a late dash for the European places.