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Conte to pen new £40m contract as Chelsea get set to back Italian in transfer market

Date Posted,May 26, 2017

Antonio Conte is set to sign a staggering new £40million contract at Chelsea .

The title-winning Italian – set to step up his English lessons this summer – is planning a short break after today’s FA Cup Final against Arsenal.

He will return for talks which the club hope will end with him signing a £9.6million-a-year contract, taking him to 2021. The new terms will make Conte, who has two years left on his current deal, the highest-paid manager in the Chelsea’s history.

Inter Milan’s Chinese investors had made a string of massive offers to tempt the former Juventus boss back to Serie A.

But the newly-crowned Premier League Champions are poised to back Conte in this transfer market this summer with a massive transfer kitty.

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Conte is also looking for a property so that his wife Elisabetta and daughter Vittoria are able to join him in London.

He said yesterday: “We have to finish this season, but we’ve started to work for the next season. I think that [the club and I] have the same point of view.

“For sure, we’ll try to improve our squad for next season because we have to face an important competition in the Champions League. But I think the club and me, we have the same point of view on this.

“I know very well that, in modern football, it is very difficult to stay a long time at the same club.

Conte has won the Premier League at his first attempt (Photo: Getty)

“But for sure if you have the opportunity to work for many years, you can improve your work. For a coach, that’s the best solution: to stay for a long time in the same club and build, with the club, something important.”

Chelsea have lost only one of their last 12 competitive games against Arsenal.

But Conte said: “I know very well the history of Arsenal in the FA Cup, also with Arsene. They won a lot of trophies in this tournament.

“I’ve never won this trophy. I think, for this reason, tomorrow could be a good possibility for me, for my team, to try and lift the trophy.”

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