Inter Chairman Steven Zhang reveals why Antonio Conte left
Inter Milan Chairman Steven Zhang has said that Antonio Conte left the club because of differing views on how the team should conduct its affairs in the transfer market.
Zhang indicated that not giving in to the demands of Conte was to ensure the “solidity” of the club.
“We must reduce costs and control risks. This obviously also influences the transfer market strategy. Our different views on the situation led to the separation,” he told Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.
“What wasn’t fundamental for him, was for the club, and vice-versa. Conte is a top coach, but as president, I have to think about the solidity of the club,” he added.
Conte led the Nerazzurri to its first league title in 11-years during the past season before walking away from the club less than two weeks later.
Inter have since appointed former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi to lead them. The 45-year-old joins Inter following an impressive five-year spell with I Biancocelesti.
In his time with Lazio, Inzaghi won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana. He proved that he is more than capable of winning major trophies though he will face a challenge to help the club retain its league title as well as compete in the Champions League.
Inzaghi will have to likely work with a reduced budget in the transfer market and also be prepared to work with players who have to take salary cuts owing to the financial impacts of the pandemic on the club and football as a whole.
Meanwhile, Conte is now firmly regarded as one of the best managers in world football and has naturally been linked with a number of jobs.
He was previously linked with the Real Madrid managerial position following the stepping down of Zinedine Zidane. That role has since been filled by Carlo Ancelotti.
Conte was also believed to have been in talks with Tottenham Hotspur. However, that reportedly broke down as the Italian was concerned about the English Premier League club’s overall quality as a team.