It was only a matter of time, but it appears Chelsea have offered Antonio Conte a contract extension after his fantastic start at Stamford Bridge.

Since arriving in the summer to replace stop-gap Guus Hiddink, the Italian manager has only lost three league games, and his Chelsea side are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table with 13 games to go.

While anything can happen between now and the end of the season, the Blues are strong favourites to lift the league title, and Roman Abramovich seems confident enough in his new man to have offered him an extra year of contract.

According to an exclusive by TuttoMercatoWeb, Conte has reached an agreement with Chelsea to extend his deal until the end of June 2020, with his current contract supposed to finish in 2019.

It doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, as there was little doubt that Conte would be Chelsea’s manager next season, but it does show the faith the London club have in their man less than a year after his original appointment.