Chelsea have seemed to find their new manager according to reports in Italy. Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Blues have agreed on a deal in principle with Italy national manager Antonio Conte.
The Italian Sports daily claim that Conte has edged ahead of Massimiliano Allegri and Diego Simeone in the race for the hot-seat at Stamford Bridge. Conte is expected to take charge of the Blues after the completion of Euro Cup in summer.
Chelsea’s current manager Guus Hiddink, who took charge of the interim basis in December, is expected to vacate his post in the summer. The Dutchman has turned around Chelsea’s fortunes since taking over the club in December.
The West Londoners have lost only one occasion with Hiddink on helm this season. However, he has made it clear that he will be leaving the job once the season is over.
Some Chelsea players have recently come out and has urged the Dutch manager to stay at the club on a permanent basis. The likes of Oscar and John Obi Mikel have voiced their opinion on the future of Hiddink.
Mikel said: “Obviously, definitely I want him to stay. It is the choice of the owner, the club and the board. They will have to decide, but if you speak to the players, 98 or 99% of them want him to stay. We are very happy; we are performing well and let’s hope this continues.
“It depends on the board, and it depends on Guus if he wants to continue. He has said that he is here until the end of the season but you never know, he might change his mind. If the club want to appoint him, fair enough. His record speaks for itself.”