- Antonio Conte named Chelsea's new first team head coach
- Italian, 46, signs three-year deal with Premier League club
- Italy national coach will start work after European Championship finals
The 46-year-old Italian confirmed Monday that he will take over at Stamford Bridge after leading Italy at the 2016 European Championship finals in June and July.
"I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club," Conte told the club's 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."
Conte will have the task of reviving the Premier League's defending champion that will not be playing in next season's Champions League after performing indifferently during the 2015-16 league campaign.
Along with Pep Guardiola -- appointed by Manchester City to succeed Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season -- Conte is the latest high profile European coach to join England's top flight.