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Revealed: Antonio Conte has reached a verbal agreement to sign Euro 2016 captain


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reached a verbal agreement with Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, writer and journalist Emanuele Giulianelli wrote on Twitter.

Conte knows the player well having managed him at Juventus and now wants him to make a move to Stamford Bridge.

The rumours have been confirmed by the player himself.

"I am not external to rumours," the Switzerland captain told reporters.

"[Euro 2016?] We are not in a great moment, certain things are not going well but the two or three weeks of preparation will be important for us, we can improve.

"You might think our opening game against Albania should be relatively simple for us but, in fact, it is a sort of derby since there are Kosovo-born players in both teams.

"These guys do not see this as any ordinary game, they are under a lot of pressure, so that makes our opening game very tough."

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