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Enzo Maresca has already sent brutal Chelsea warning after club confirm five-year contract

Newly-appointed Chelsea boss Enzo Maresca
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From the outside, it looks as if Chelsea have taken a huge gamble in appointing Enzo Maresca as their new head coach. But from the club's point of view, they believe they have just appointed one of the most talented coaches around.

Maresca has put pen-to-paper on a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, with the option of a further 12 months later down the line. After a thorough process where multiple candidates were considered, Chelsea have now appointed their first-choice manager, with the ownership and sporting directors unanimous in their decision, football.london understands.

The Italian, who won the Championship title in his only season with Leicester City last time around, will officially begin his role at Chelsea on July 1. The 44-year-old will have a couple of weeks or so to work with some of his players at Cobham before they jet off to the United States for the club's pre-season tour, where they will face the likes of Wrexham, Celtic, Club America, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

Chelsea were determined to appoint someone with a clear identity; a possession-based and front-foot style of play - and Maresca was seen to tick all of those boxes. football.london understands the newly-appointed head coach is excited to meet all of his players for the first time and explain his style and how it can become a winning formula at Stamford Bridge.

During his spell at Leicester, he got the Foxes playing an extremely attractive brand of football while also seeing results go their way, in a season that almost brought the club 100 points in the second-tier. Leicester won 31 of their 46 matches and despite this, there were some groans from supporters in his early days at the King Power Stadium.

Said groans clearly got to Maresca. So much so, that he even threatened to quit the club in a fascinating post-match interview in January.

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"I arrive in this club to play with this idea," Maresca explained. "The moment there is some doubt about the idea, the day after I will leave. It's so clear. No doubts."

A brutally honest and scathing verdict from Maresca. One that comes purely from frustration towards some supporters not being on board with the 'process'.

A disciple of the brilliant Pep Guardiola, Maresca has a clear plan with the way he wants his teams to play football. He has even compared football to playing chess in the past with how strategic you have to be and how significant positional awareness is.

"The most important is positional play and strategy," Maresca said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. "For a coach it is important to have the mentality of a chess player; develop a plan, study counter-moves, choose the arrangement of the pieces."

Chelsea are prepared to give Maresca plenty of time to try and work his magic, football.london understands. A five-year contract is somewhat unprecedented at a club like Chelsea given their cut-throat approach to managers and the high turnover we have seen in recent seasons.

Todd Boehly and the rest of the ownership group believe they have got their man. The man who will lead them back to the very top of the English football pyramid and have them competing for European honours once again.