Chelsea are reportedly ready to hand manager Antonio Conte a new £8m-a-year contract, according to the Daily Mail.
The Premier League side, who lead the top-flight standings by 10 points following Monday night’s 2-1 victory against West Ham United at the London Stadium, could offer the Italian a pay rise after reports have emerged that Inter Milan will ‘break the bank’ to land the Blues boss.
The 47-year-old, who has previously managed the likes of Bari, Atalanta, Siena, Juventus and the Italian national team, confirmed he had agreed a three-year deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit last April.
Conte is fully expected to overachieve in his debut campaign in London, with The Blues set to lift the 2016-17 Premier League title, despite the pre-season target being a top four finish and qualification for the UEFA Champions League after last term’s thoroughly disappointing tenth place finish.
The boss’ current contract expires in 2019, and is said to be worth £6.5m-a-year, but a one-year extension worth £8m is being prepared.
Conte is currently preparing his side for Monday night’s FA Cup quarter-final clash against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.