Euro 2016 - Conte signs two-year deal to become Italy coach

Former Juventus boss Antonio Conte has agreed a two-year deal to coach the Italian national team.

Euro 2016 - Conte signs two-year deal to become Italy coach

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Juventus coach Antonio Conte (Reuters)

The former Juventus boss has been the favourite to succeed Cesare Prandelli ever since his shock resignation from the Old Lady earlier in the summer.

It is the first major decision made by new Italian FA (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio since he assumed the post earlier this week.

The Italian FA confirmed the news on Twitter.

According to our Milan office, sportswear giants Puma have stepped in to help finance the deal to make Conte the coach.

The FIGC will pay Conte a salary of €1.7m but Puma will add an estimated €2.5m-a-year which will make Conte the third best paid national team manager in the world after England's Roy Hodgson (€4.5m) and Russia's Fabio Capello (€9.0m).

Italy started the World Cup in Brazil with a win against England but defeats to Costa Rica and Uruguay saw them crash out in the group stage.

Prandelli resigned soon after the Uruguay game and has since taken over at Turkish giants Galatasaray.

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