Chelsea are set to hand manager Antonio Conte a new £8million-a-year contract.

The Italian has worked wonders at Stamford Bridge this season, and looks nailed-on to exceed expectations in his first year in England.

The west London club lead the Premier League table by a comfortable 10 points, meaning they are well on course for a second title in three years.

The original target for the season was a top-four finish and Champions League qualification after the club finished a lowly 10th last year.

Conte's current contract expires in 2019 and is worth £6.5million a year. But a one-year extension worth more than £8m annually is in the pipeline.
It would still be significantly lower than the £15m a year that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester City's Pep Guardiola are believed to be paid.