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The 46-year-old coach is relishing the opportunity to work in the Premier League and return to club management, but insists his only focus is on Italy until after the Euros

Antonio Conte is the new manager of Chealsea, the club have confirmed, with the Italy boss ending months of speculation by finally penning terms in London on Monday.
The 46-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year contract but will not take charge of the club until after the European Championship in France this summer, where he is looking to guide the Azzurri to only their second continental win.

Chelsea have been looking for a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese was sacked in December, with popular interim boss Guus Hiddink unwilling to take on the job permanently.

“I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea,” Conte told the club’s official website. “I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.

“Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.

“I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.”

The Blues are unbeaten in the Premier League since Hiddink took over – their 15-game streak is the longest undefeated run in the division this season – and still have a slim chance of qualifying for Europe.

The lack of Champions League football has not put Conte off, however, with the Italian beating off competition from the likes of Copa America-winning coach Jorge Sampaoli to land the Stamford Bridge job.

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10 times Micheal Essien made the headlines for the right reasons



Ghanaian midfielder Micheal Essien is one of the most famous footballers to ever come from the African continent.

Essien has been a journeyman in football and his name will go down as one of the finest midfielders to play the game.

The midfielder who last played for Indonesian side Persib Bandung has made global news for both wrong and right reasons in the past.

Seems his good side overrides any bad side of his illustrious career as he is one of the most decorated African Footballers.

Here are 10 times Micheal Essien made global headlines for the right reasons

1. Essien signs for Chelsea

Essien signed for English Premier League side Chelsea for a £24.4 million transfer fee and, at the time of his signing, was the most expensive African footballer in history.

2. Essien wins Chelsea Goal of the Season award

He won the Chelsea Goal of the Season award in the 2006–07 season after scoring a stunning late equaliser at home against Arsenal on 10 December 2006 in a Premier League game.

Essien is BBC African Best player of 2006

He won the 2006 BBC African footballer of the year award.

Essien excels in 2006 World Cup

  1. He played superbly for the Black Stars and helped Ghana become the only African team to reach the second round of the 2006 World Cup.

Essien nominated 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year

  1. On 10 October 2007, Essien was nominated for the prestigious 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Award for the third consecutive year and on 21 October 2007, he was also nominated for the 2007 Ballon d’Or Award for the third consecutive year.

He was voted 15th Best Player in the World at the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Awards.

Essien is Chelsea Fans’ best player for 2007

  1. On 15 May 2007, Chelsea fans voted Essien as Chelsea Player of the Year for his contributions in the 2006–07 season, becoming the first African to receive the honour.

Essien is nominated for 2007 CAF best player

  1. On 12 December 2007, he was nominated for the 2007 African Footballer of the Year, the third consecutive time he had been nominated. He was runner-up to that year’s winner, Frédéric Kanouté.

Essien scores stunning goal against Barcelona

  1. On 6 May 2009, Essien scored a stunning left-footed volley in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, a tie that Chelsea ultimately lost due to the away goal rule.

The goal was later voted as Chelsea’s Goal of the Season by the club’s fans.

Essien joins Real Madrid

  1. On 31 August 2012, Essien signed a season-long loan deal with Real Madrid, reuniting him with his former manager at Chelsea, José Mourinho.

At his introductory press conference with Real Madrid, Mourinho affectionally referred to Essien as “his son” while Essien referred to Mourinho as his “Daddy”.

Essien moves to Milan

  1. Essien signed for Italian club Milan on a one-and-a-half-year contract on 27 January 2014
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