Huge: Antonio Conte in London to finalise Chelsea deal
Antonio Conte, the current Italy coach is all set to take charge at Stamford Bridge after the upcoming European Championship this summer and has reportedly agreed to a deal in principle with the Chelsea officials last month.
And now the latest reports claim on Sunday Antonio Conte was seen in London and he was there to finalise terms on his Chelsea contract.
But it is believed the 46-year-old tactician has to chalk out the details before he puts pen to paper, most likely as soon as Monday, on a contract to become Chelsea’s new manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho only months into their shocking title defence.
Caretaker boss Guus Hiddink was appointed following Mourinho’s departure in December, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s most trusted inner circle of Michael Emenalo, Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum continuously led the search for a long-term successor.
Once Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was the top target, but the Argentine was ultimately left unconvinced by Chelsea’s reluctance to step forward all-out in his pursuit.
Juventus boss Allegri was also considered according to some early reports, but he later committed his future to the Italian champions, leaving Antonio Conte waiting in the wings to the Stamford Bridge dugout with a clear path
He is believed to take over the reins officially when Italy’s involvement in the Euros ends.
Antonio Conte reportedly wants to bring his long-term assistant Angelo Alessio, defensive coach Massimo Carrera, fitness coach Paolo Bertelli, his brother Gianluca, who scouts the opposition, and Mauro Sandreani, who looks after the tactics and talent-spotting.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are doing their best to convince Italian manager to keep Steve Holland on his first-team staff and also trying to find a suitable place for club legend Didier Drogba, when his playing contract with Montreal Impact runs out at the end of the upcoming Major League Soccer season.
46-year-old Conte has till now satisfied the Chelsea hierarchy in talks conducted by director Marina Granovskaia, with the minute detail even stretching to how he will utilise and develop the club’s youngsters just like Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
However contrary to the latest reports, Chelsea owner Abramovich has not yet informed the squad that the 46-year-old Italian will be their next manager. But one senior player has already informed team-mates, it’s a done deal.
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