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Chelsea have appointed Italy boss Antonio Conte as their new first-team head coach, starting from this summer.

The 46-year-old former Juventus boss will begin a three-year contract after his country takes part in Euro 2016.

“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.

Guus Hiddink, who replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho, will remain in charge of the Blues until the end of the season.

Jose Mourihho
Jose Mourinho

The final of Euro 2016 takes place on 10 July.

Conte, who won the Serie A title in each of his three years as Juventus boss, is the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto di Matteo.

“We are very pleased to have recruited one of the most highly regarded managers in world football,” said club director Marina Granovskaia.

“We are equally pleased to do so before the end of the current season. This aids our future planning.”

Conte has the task of rebuilding a side that won the Premier League title last season before imploding this term.

Mourinho’s second spell came to an end on 17 December after a miserable start to the season and what Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo described as “palpable discord” between the Portuguese and his players.

Hiddink restored stability in his second interim spell as boss – the Blues are 10th with seven games to go – but Chelsea will fail to win a trophy and are set to miss out on Champions League football next season.

Conte at Juventus

His stats – courtesy of Opta – make impressive reading:

  • Since 1971-72, Conte is the Juventus manager with the highest win ratio in Serie A (72.8%).
  • He won 83 out 114 league games as Juventus manager, losing only seven.
  • Conte’s Juventus scored in 43 consecutive games (February 2013-March 2014) – a Serie A record.
  • Juventus also recorded an unbeaten run of 49 games from May 2011 to October 2012 (with Conte involved in 48 of them) – only AC Milan can boast a longer streak (58 games) in Serie A history.
  • Conte won the Scudetto with Juventus in 2013-14, taking 102 points and winning 33 games: both records in a Serie A campaign.

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