CHELSEA are confident that boss Antonio Conte will extend his contract in the summer.
The Italian, 47, has enjoyed a sensational debut campaign as the Blues close on the Premier League title.
Three wins from their remaining three matches will also ensure Chelsea will break their own record for the amount of victories in a Premier League season with 30.
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But the club’s hierarchy have grown increasingly concerned with reports that Inter Milan are plotting a huge £12.5million-a-year deal to lure Conte to the San Siro.
The deal would constitute a massive pay-rise, as he is reportedly earning around £6.5m per season at Stamford Bridge.
However Chelsea’s remarkable form this season under Conte will encourage owner Roman Abramovich secure the 47-year-old on a lucrative long-term deal according to the Telegraph.
Conte currently has two years left on his current contract but has shown no desire to end his brief spell at Stamford Bridge.
With assistant Steve Holland leaving his role in the summer to work alongside England boss Gareth Southgate, Conte will have the opportunity to appoint his own No.2.
And Conte may have a busy summer in the transfer window ahead with Diego Costa inching closer to an exit from the club.
With defender and captain John Terry also leaving, a new striker and central defender will remain his priority.