Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has insisted that he is ‘happy to stay’ with the Premier League holders for many years to come.
The Blues were crowned as the new English champions with two games to spare after they earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion earlier in the month.
Since then, the west London giants have managed to guard against complacency by winning the remaining two games of the league campaign.
Conte is now on course to lift a domestic double in his first season in English management, and when asked on his Blues future, he iterated his ambition to earn a fresh deal.
“If the club give me the possibility to stay and extend my contract, for sure I’m available to” he told BBC Sport. “And I’m happy for this season. I’m happy to stay here and I hope to stay here for many years.”
The 47-year-old has been linked with a potential return to Italy with former Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan, but his recent comment would come as a huge sigh of relief for the Blues’ faithful, who would want the club to progress further under Conte next term.
Chelsea enter as overwhelming favourites this weekend when they take on cross-city rivals Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup. The Blues last won the competition in 2012, and they will no doubt want to get one of their London counterparts, who have lifted the ‘famous old trophy’ twice in the last three seasons.