19 Jul 2017

Antonio Conte signs new Chelsea contract

9:46 am on 19 July 2017

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has signed a new two-year contract with the Premier League football champions after the Italian guided them to a title in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian football coach Antonio Conte.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea," Conte told the club website.

"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."

Conte originally inked a three-year deal on his appointment last summer, after leading Italy into the European Championships.

It is understood the new contract represents improved terms for the Italian, but is not an extension.

Chelsea made the announcement as Conte and his squad headed out for a pre-season tour to Asia, which will feature matches against FA Cup winners Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.