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Chelsea 'to appoint Italy coach Antonio Conte as manager'

Chelsea are to appoint current Italy head coach Antonio Conte as manager, it has been reported.

It's expected Conte will sign a three-year deal within the next 10 days, Sky reported on Thursday evening.

The Italy coach was rumoured to be the leading contender to take over at the Stamford Bridge with the Blues prepared to offer the 46-year-old a three-year deal worth £4.75m-a-season after tax.

Antonio Conte was a player and manager at Juventus for 16 trophy-laden years - 13 of those as a player.

He picked up five Serie A titles and five European Cups, including one Champions League trophy in his time.

His first foray into management ended in disaster after just three months with Serie B side Arezzo sacking him.

But he put it behind him and went on to lead Juventus onto their first Serie A title in eight years before resigning in 2015 over a transfer disagreement with the Juventus board.

He is expected to lead Italy to the Euro finals in the summer before replacing interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink.

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