The Italian has enjoyed remarkable success at the club so far. Indeed, it is widely accepted that Chelsea’a lead atop the Premier League is so unassailable that a domestic double is the new goal for Conte’s charges.
The 47-year-old’s original deal was intended to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2019, and should the rumoured new deal be true, it would keep him at Chelsea until 2020.
What has been remarkable about his side’s success this year has been how obviously instrumental he, as coach, has been. From fantastic man-management in coaxing David Luiz into becoming a world-class centre-half, to exhibiting his exemplary tactical nous in enforcing a 3-4-3 formation, Conte’s pedigree is printed all over this side.
Bearing all this in mind, it will be of little surprise to Chelsea fans to hear that the club have made efforts to secure his services in the long-term.
The club has had an infamously rocky relationship with previous managers. Indeed, even José Mourinho, still revered at the club for the success he brought during his initial period, could not see out his time at the club as either party would have liked.
The spectacular implosion of Chelsea last year was scarcely believable, not least due to the considerable success Mourinho had at the club previously.
It of course remains to be seen whether Conte can go on to match the feats of Mourinho at the club, or even bypass them. What is obvious, however, is that the powers that be at Stamford Bridge are eager to give him every chance of doing so.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena