Former Chelsea favourite returns for prominent role in Conte’s backroom staff

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has been appointed to Antonio Conte’s backroom staff ahead of the Italian’s debut Premier League season.

The Blues have confirmed that Cudicini, who made 191 appearances for Chelsea between 1999 and 2009, will act as one of four assistants to Conte.

He will work alongside Angelo Alessio, younger brother Gianluca Conte and Steve Holland, who worked closely with Jose Mourinho in his second spell.

Cudicini will also continue his role as a club ambassador, but is a smart choice to link past to present at Stamford Bridge due to his popularity with the fans.

The 42-year-old was a firm favourite while number-one goalkeeper, and then continued to serve the club well during his time as deputy to Petr Cech.

He finished his Chelsea career with two Premier League titles and two FA Cup winners’ medals, before leaving with their blessing to rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Another ex-Chelsea stopper, Hilario, will also be a part of Conte’s team, assisting goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli, who works with the senior Italy side.

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