Serie A winning coach Antonio Conte has left his position as Inter Milan boss three weeks after he led the club to clinched its first league title in 11 years. The news was broken by Fabrizio Romano and has now been confirmed by Inter in a statement. Reports claim that the manager was not happy with the prospects for future investment in the club. Read more for live football match.
“FC Internazionale Milano can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Antonio Conte for the termination of his contract by mutual consent. The club would like to thank Antonio for the extraordinary work that he has done, culminating in Inter’s 19th top-flight title. Antonio Conte will forever remain a part of our Club’s history,” the club said in a statement.
According to the agreement, Inter are set to pay the 51-year-old manager €7 million of the €12 million remaining on his contract. Conte, who started Juventus’s record run with the first three titles in a streak under him, took over at Inter in 2019 and reached the Europa League final in his first campaign before breaking his former club’s dominance by toping Serie A table by 12 points this season.
The Nerazzurri dominated Serie A this season, despite finishing bottom of a Champions League group with Real Madrid, Borussia Monchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk. They went unbeaten since January, a run of 18 games, becoming the first Italian side to begin the second half of a Serie A season with 11 consecutive wins. They are now second for league trophies in Italy, one ahead of AC Milan’s 18.
Conte’s most valued player, Romelu Lukaku paid tribute to the manager on Instagram. “2014 we spoke for the first time and we have had a bond ever since,” Lukaku wrote. “We had many moments to work together but only God knows why it never happened earlier. You came at the right time and basically changed me as a player and made me even stronger mentally and more importantly we won together!”
Conte won three Serie A titles and the Premier League during his spell at Chelsea, as well as the FA Cup. Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and current Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi have been rumored in Italian media as potential successors. Meanwhile, Tottenham, Real Madrid or Barcelona was reportedly in contention to get the departing manager.
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