Italy coach Antonio Conte was named as Chelsea’s new manager on Monday after the reigning Premier League champions announced he had signed a three-year contract that will start following Euro 2016.
“I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation,” said Conte, first tipped as a successor to interim manager Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge last month, in a statement on Chelsea’s website.
The 46-year-old former Juventus boss took over the Italian national team in August 2014 and secured their qualification for the European Championship finals in France, which start in June.
“I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros,” added Conte, who guided Juventus to three straight Serie A titles from 2012-14 before taking charge of Italy.
He added: “I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club.
“I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.
“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.
“Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.”
Chelsea have been without a permanent manager since the London club ended Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge in December after they lost nine out of the first 16 games of their Premier League title defence.