He came, saw, conquered, and - left. Antonio Conte has officially left Inter. On Wednesday afternoon, the temperamental expert terminated the contract that was supposed to be valid for another year and thus left the bench of Inter, to which he brought the Scudetto after exactly ten years of waiting.
Even when Conte ascended the throne of Italian football three weeks ago, the possibility of leaving the "Giuseppe Meazza" stadium hovered in the air. Then under the explanation of salary arrears. In the meantime, the relationship with President Steven Zhang has reached the point of breaking down, and despite various attempts, Antonio and the Chinese boss failed to find a common language.
First of all, regarding the future of Inter. Information from the Apennines shows that the former head of the professional staff wanted to achieve the best possible result in the next edition of the Champions League, and of course, some signings as a reward for breaking the dominance of Juventus, if nothing else, he wanted all the players on the current team to stay.
He left because he did not receive guarantees that it would be so. On the contrary, Zhang insists that some of the key first-team players be sold in order to make up for the loss in the box office, and it is easy to assume that Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez, and Milan Skriniar are the most valuable on the market.
Probably not everyone will leave Milan, but Inter's chances next season would be drastically less even if one of them changes the environment. Conte left before them. Not completely dissatisfied, because he agreed to compensation worth between 7,000,000 and 7,500,000 euros.
According to the the contract, he was supposed to collect 12,000,000 in the third year as well. This way, he will get compensation. Maybe a chance to find a new club in a hurry. Even bigger. It is mentioned that he could succeed Zinedine Zidane if the Frenchman leaves Real Madrid.
At Inter, he could be replaced by Simone Inzaghi, whose contract with Lazio has expired. Massimiliano Allegri is also an option, although the former strategist of Milan and Juventus is interested in the bench of the royal club.
This will be a big blow for Inter, given what Conte has done for them. They waited a long time for the Scudetto and managed to break the dominance of Juventus. The question is will the next coach be able to repeat the same thing? If they sell some players and don't buy anyone, it will be really difficult