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Abramovich confirms Conte as next Chelsea boss

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Abramovich reportedly told players "I've signed Conte"

Reports in the Italian media claim that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has confirmed to his players that Antonio Conte will be their next manager.

Corriere dello Sport have reported today that the Russian billionaire gathered the Chelsea squad together at the club's training ground last weekend and told them: "I've signed Conte."

Conte is currently coach of the Italian national team and it has been widely speculated that he will take over at Stamford Bridge after this summer's European Championships in France.

Abramovich also apparently confirmed that, despite positive  results since replacing Jose Mourinho, Dutch interim-manager Guus Hiddink will not be kept on, "Hiddink will definitely leave, even though he’s doing very well here."