Chelsea will announce Antonio Conte as their new manager by Monday

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Chelsea will announce Antonio Conte as their new manager either on Sunday or Monday, according to Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport.

The Italian has been heavily linked with replacing interim boss Guus Hiddink at the end of the season for some time now, and according to Gazetta the 'final' details of the deal are done, and the only remaining question is over the timing of the announcement.

The Blues' season is hanging by a thread following their Champions League exit at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain - and things could take a turn for the worse if they exit the FA Cup at the hands of Everton.

Defeat against the Toffees on Saturday could mean Chelsea bring the announcement forward to Sunday, while it could be pushed back to Monday if they progress.

The deal would see Conte take over after Italy's participation in Euro 2016, and he will be charged with turning around the Stamford Bridge club after a disappointing campaign which has seen the club's chances of qualifying for the Champions League go up in smoke.

The west London club currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League with nine games to go, and their defeat against PSG means their only other route to Europe's top competition is now blocked. Chelsea have never failed to make the Champions League since Russian owner Roman Abramovich took charge more than a decade ago.

Conte, who revived Juventus and guided the club to three straight titles before taking up the Italian national team job in 2014, will also have to deal with some issues within his new squad, and decide what to do with star player Eden Hazard.


The Belgian international, who is the current PFA Player of the Year, hasn't scored in the Premier League this season and has cast a despondent figure at times this term amidst speculation that he could join Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Lille ace's father claimed today that his son's poor form of late has at least in part been down to a troublesome hip injury that he's been forced to play with. "Eden's lack of form is due to an injury, an inflammation in the hip, that he's been carrying now for three or four months," Thierry Hazard said.


"It's not a bad injury, but when the pain appears, it feels like a stabbing. It's feels like a knife is stabbed in it. Instead of giving Eden a time to overcome the injury and have a proper rest, they push him to play because they have some important games. So he has no choice."

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