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£9.6m-a-year for influential Chelsea figure as Blues break record to fend off rivals

Antonio Conte is reportedly set to pen a new contract with Chelsea worth £9.6m-a-year, which will keep him at the club until 2021.

The Italian tactician has been an instant success in England, winning the Premier League title at the first attempt having shown real character and tactical acuteness to guide Chelsea through a sticky patch earlier in the season.

Further, he has the chance to win a domestic double in his first season abroad with the FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday, and so it’s no surprise at all that Chelsea are keen to secure him on a long-term deal.

According to The Mirror, he’ll be rewarded financially as he’s set to become the club’s highest paid manager ever with a deal worth £9.6m-a-year, and he’ll be committing his future to the Blues for the next five years.

It comes amid ongoing speculation of interest from Inter who have been linked with money-spinning offers for the former Juventus boss, but it looks as though he’s ready to stay in London having revealed earlier this month that his wife and daughter would be moving over this summer after staying back in Italy last year.

His primary focus for now will undoubtedly be on winning the FA Cup, but looking beyond that, he’ll want a busy summer transfer market with Chelsea returning to the Champions League and in need of adding quality and depth to the squad to compete on various fronts.

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