Conte to ex­tend Chelsea stay

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: An­to­nio Conte will sign a new £9.5 mil­lion (RM52.25 mil­lion) -a-year Chelsea con­tract.

The Ital­ian man­ager has com­mit­ted his fu­ture to the club un­til 2021 af­ter re­ject­ing in­ter­est from In­ter Mi­lan.

He will take a short break af­ter yes­ter­day’s FA Cup fi­nal be­fore re­turn­ing for meet­ings and plans to move to Lon­don with his wife and daugh­ter dur­ing the sum­mer, while tak­ing more advanced English lessons.

Conte said: “I have two more years’ con­tract with the club. Then, if the club give me the pos­si­bil­ity to stay here and to ex­tend my con­tract, for sure I am avail­able to do this.

“We have the same idea about the fu­ture, the way we have to do things to im­prove the squad and the team.”

A big part of the con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions has been about the play­ers Conte can tar­get to ex­pand his squad and build a team ‘to be ready for the Cham­pi­ons League’.

He said: “This year we had a base of 13-14 good play­ers. Next year with the Cham­pi­ons League we have to in­crease in num­bers and in qual­ity. The base is here, now we must put on the cher­ries.

“I am happy for this sea­son and I am happy to stay here. I hope to stay for many years.” Daily Mail

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