RM44 mil­l­lion wind­fall for Conte

New Straits Times - - Sport -

An­to­nio Conte set to be re­warded with new £8m-a-year Chelsea deal as club look to ward off in­ter­est from In­ter

Chelsea are set to hand man­ager An­to­nio Conte a new £8 mil­lion (RM44 mil­lion)-a-year con­tract.

The Ital­ian has worked won­ders at Stam­ford Bridge this sea­son, and looks nailed-on to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions in his first year in Eng­land.

The west Lon­don club lead the Premier League ta­ble by a com­fort­able 10 points, mean­ing they are well on course for a sec­ond ti­tle in three years.

The orig­i­nal tar­get for the sea­son was a top-four fin­ish and Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter the club fin­ished a lowly 10th last year.

Conte’s cur­rent con­tract ex­pires in 2019 and is worth £6.5 mil­lion a year. But a one-year ex­ten­sion worth more than £8 mil­lion an­nu­ally is in the pipe­line.

It would still be sig­nif­i­cantly lower than the £15 mil­lion a year that Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho and Manch­ester City’s Pep Guardi­ola are be­lieved to be paid.

Conte signed a three-year con­tract when he took over last sum­mer but has quickly turned around a club that was in tur­moil last sea­son into the cham­pi­ons elect.

Re­ports sug­gested there could be an an­nounce­ment in the com­ing days but it is un­der­stood Chelsea will wait un­til the end of the sea­son.

By then, the 47-year-old could have a do­mes­tic dou­ble un­der his belt. He is pre­par­ing his team to play Manch­ester United in the FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nals at Stam­ford Bridge on Mon­day.

Re­ports in Italy claim In­ter Mi­lan are ready to break the bank to land Conte, but Chelsea chiefs are not per­turbed.

Rus­sian owner Ro­man Abramovich has vis­ited the Cob­ham train­ing ground sev­eral times this sea­son and met Conte over lunch.

In­sid­ers have in­di­cated a new con­tract should be seen as a re­ward for his first sea­son in Eng­land rather than a re­ac­tion to those re­ports in Italy.

Conte’s wife, Elis­a­betta Mus­carello, and daugh­ter Vit­to­ria are set to move to Eng­land this sum­mer.

The man­ager’s fam­ily were at Chelsea’s last game at Stam­ford Bridge — a 3-1 win over Swansea City.

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