Antonio Conte signs improved contract with Chelseaby Jack Kitson / 19 July 2017, 09:51Tweet
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has quashed rumours that he's set to leave the Blues after signing an improved two-year deal with the defending Premier League champions.
However, while the contract has not been extended in length, it does contain improved terms for the Italian.
Since the season came to a close back in May Conte has constantly been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
The Italian was hotly linked with a return to his homeland with Inter Milan, who eventually appointed Luciano Spalletti, while other reports indicated that he'd become increasingly frustrated with how the club's summer transfer window had gone so far.
Conte memorably hoisted the Premier League trophy last season, becoming the ninth manager - and fourth Italian - to achieve this feat.
The 47-year-old was unable to add the FA Cup to his trophy cabinet, after losing out to Arsenal, but he has the chance to avenge that defeat when the two sides lock horns in the Community Shield on 6th August.
Conte's men are the 21/20 favourites to lift the trophy, with Arsenal priced at 5/2, whereas a draw can be found at 11/4.
Meanwhile, Chelsea can be backed at 7/2 to retain the top-flight title, behind 15/8 frontrunners Man City.
The Blues kick-off the 2017/18 campaign at home to Burnley, which is followed by clashes with Tottenham, Everton, Leicester and Arsenal.