Conte: Chelsea captain Terry can be a good manager

Conte: Chelsea captain Terry can be a good manager

ANTONIO CONTE has been rewarded for his incredible first season with Chelsea in that most modern of ways - by being awarded his own Twitter emoji.

"I always thought of him like a champion, like a great player".

Cahill signed for Chelsea from Bolton in 2012 and has since been an ever-present figure in the team, helping them to a comfortable Premier League title this season and fast approaching 250 appearances for the club.

This season's Premier League title was Terry's fifth with Chelsea after wins in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2014-15.

And Conte will reportedly receive a huge war chest to lure the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku in preparation for Chelsea's return to the Champions League.

While there is a party atmosphere around Stamford Bridge heading into the final game of the campaign against Sunderland, Conte is already looking towards next season. "Because when you do this and you haven't injuries, haven't nothing [suspensions], and can play every single minute, it means you are great on the pitch and, above all, off the pitch".

The Blues looked a long way from potential Premier League champions in September when they suffered back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.

Chelsea welcome relegated Sunderlamd to Stamford Bridge for what is expected to be Terry's 717th and last match of his 22-year career at the club.

"It is very important to feel yourself, to feel your body, your mind, to see if you have the desire to fight to arrive every day.and John has all of these characteristics".

Conte's future has been the subject of speculation, amid rumours Inter Milan are coveting him.

The 47-year-old is pleased with how his professional life has gone over the course of the last year, although he admits that the adaption was a two-way process.

"It is very important for us to be focussed and concentrated on our targets", said the Italian.

"Now we reached a really important target for us, to win the league. I hope we can win the double".

Major celebrations have had to be put on hold, however, with the Blues set to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.

"Then we have the possibility to write our name in history with this target, this achievement".

It has not been a vintage season for goalkeepers, but the Manchester United No. 1 has arguably been the most consistent and the one most likely to produce a crucial save when it matters.