Chelsea hands improved two-year deal to Conte

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Don’t call it an extension, but Antonio Conte‘s strengthened his ties to Chelsea with a new two-year deal.

Conte, 47, had a pair of seasons left on his original three-year deal at Stamford Bridge following a Premier League-winning title in his first year in charge of the Blues.

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Despite a tumultuous offseason which has seen Chelsea lose out on Romelu Lukaku and stories of Conte’s discontent, the Italian no doubt has reaffirmed his commitment to the project ahead of what will be viewed as a campaign with a deep UEFA Champions League run on the agenda.

From ChelseaFC.com:

“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.”

Conte also gets two new assistants at the Bridge: Paolo Vanoli and Davide Mazzotta.