Chelsea confirmed their place as Premier League champions on Friday night with a victory over West Bromwich Albion, but manager Antonio Conte immediately turned his attention to the next challenge as he reacted post-match, by telling the club website:
“This season was very difficult for us but it’s great to reach this target and enjoy it with my players. I have to thank my players for the commitment and work-rate they’ve shown me. We have to work in training to prepare in the right way for these two games against Watford and Sunderland, and then prepare for the FA Cup final. We have the opportunity to win the Double and we must be ready to do this.”
There was an unlikely hero for the Blues as substitute Michy Batshuayi found the winner late on with a run into the box to poke home from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross in order to open the scoring and earn the three points for his side to ensure that Tottenham are unable to catch them.
Roman Abramovich is keen to ensure that the good times continue at Stamford Bridge and is set to make Conte the club’s best paid manager in its history with an offer worth £125,000 per week over the next three years, according to the Guardian. The agreement will also see him have a greater say in transfer dealings.
After a successful debut season and amid reported interest from Italy, it is clear that Conte is a vital part of Chelsea’s plans going forward and the former Juventus and Italy boss now looks set to lead the club through that spell when he puts pen to paper on a new contract in the summer.
One man who won’t be signing a new deal at Chelsea is captain John Terry, but the Mirror claim that he has received an impressive offer from Bournemouth worth £130,000 per week for the next two years alongside a substantial signing on fee. Eddie Howe is keen on the experienced central defender.
Terry is likely to have a wide range of offers from both home and abroad, but he is unlikely to be offered more money by another Premier League outfit at his age, and he may jump at the opportunity to enjoy first team football on the south coast.
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