Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager on a three-year contract.
Ancelotti only confirmed that he was leaving the Rossoneri on Sunday and refused to say that he was heading to Stamford Bridge to succeed Guus Hiddink.
A statement on the club's official website: "Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce that Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to become our new manager.
"He has signed a three-year contract and will start work on July 1, 2009.
"Carlo was the outstanding candidate for the job. He has proved over a long period his ability to build teams that challenged for and have been successful in, major domestic and European competitions.
"He also had a highly successful playing career in those competitions and therefore brings unparalleled all-round experience to the job.
"We are sure everybody at Chelsea will give him a warm welcome and we are all looking forward to working with him."
Ancelotti had commented after a 2-0 win over Fiorentina confirmed Milan's place in the Champions League next season: "In agreement with the club we have decided to terminate the contract a year early from its 2010 expiry.
"I think it ends in the right way and is probably the right choice for both of us.
"The respect and affection remains with all the people who over the years participated in this adventure."