Premier League champions Chelsea have tonight announced that manager Antonio Conte has signed a new contract with the club.
A number of stories circulating in the press this summer had suggested that Conte was in fact considering an exit from Stamford Bridge after just one season in charge, with the club having failed to sign a number of first-choice transfer targets.
However, with Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko having arrived in recent weeks, and a number of further arrivals expected before the beginning of next season, the Italian tactician has this evening put to bed any and all rumours surrounding his future.
Taking to both their official website and social media platforms, the Blues announced this evening that Conte has officially put pen-to-paper on a new two-year deal with the club.
Announcing a new deal for Antonio Conte! 📝https://t.co/wmb32X46G6
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 18, 2017
Speaking to the ChelseaFC website, the former Juventus and Italy boss revealed his delight at continuing his journey with the capital club:
‘I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea. We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.
‘The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together.’