Antonio Conte confirms John Terry decision - main talking points from the Italian's press conference

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Antonio Conte spoke to the press for the first time today in his new role as Chelsea manager, and it goes without saying it was entertaining spectacle. 

The former Italy boss was one of the stars of the show at Euro 2016 thanks to his touchline antics, and Chelsea fans can expect much more of the same when the new season begins in August. 

One of the first issues that the Ex-Juventus boss opted to deal with was John Terry. The veteran defender signed a new short-term contract extension last season, before Conte's arrival was confirmed, after speculation that he was on his way out of the club.

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If there was any speculation that Terry's role at the club was under threat then the Italian boss moved quickly to dismiss that, confirming that the 35-year-old will remain as club captain. He also confirmed that he was involved in the decision to keep Terry on. 

"John Terry is captain of this team. He is a great player, with great personality and great charisma," he told reporters. "All decisions we took together. Me and the club. I am very pleased John Terry signed a new deal."

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Next up for Conte was the question everyone knew would be coming. Given that he is replacing Jose Mourinho, would the Italian describe himself as 'The Special One'? Despite his limited English, Conte will still able to take the question in good humour.

He simply responded: "I hope during the season, I'll leave you the opportunity to find a name for me."

Then it was down to transfer business and Conte's first port of call was new arrival, former Marseille striker Michy Batshuyai, who cost the west London club in excess of £30 million. 

The Italian explained: "He is a young player but very strong with technique. He uses two feet. I am very happy. The club bought a great player." 

After that came a barrage of questions about Conte's playing style and personal goals, and you can check out the best of his remarks below: 

On his playing style: "I have great passion, and I want to transfer my passion to my players and also to the fans. I suffer during the game."

On the managerial strength in the Premier League: "This league is not a challenge between managers. It is between great teams, great players."

On what he hopes to achieve at Chelsea: "I have great passion, and I want to transfer my passion to my players and also to the fans. I suffer during the game."

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