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Conte chooses Inter Milan as next stop

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Antonio Conte has delivered championships to Turin and London, but Milan will be his biggest test yet.

Inter Milan, that is; The club has not won a Serie A title since 2009-10, and Conte will do his level best to break former club Juventus’ run of consecutive titles at eight.

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This one could take some time, not just because of Juventus. Star striker Mauro Icardi is mercurial and that’s a polite adjective. Several of the club’s biggest names — Ivan Perisic, Radja Nainggolan, Kwadwo Asamoah — are over 30.

But its 33 goals conceded were second-best in Serie A, and the club only missed out on the knockout rounds of the Champions League due to away goals in head-to-head matches with Spurs.

Here’s Conte, from inter.it:

“I have chosen Inter because of the Club it is, because of the project’s sound basis and how ambitious it is. Because of Inter’s history. I was struck by the Club’s transparency and the desire to bring Inter back to where it belongs.”

Inter finished fourth by a point over rivals AC Milan, and its place in the Champions League may’ve been what helped it seal Conte’s commitment.

Spalletti leaves Inter, Conte expected to replace him

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MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has left the Serie A club, with Antonio Conte expected to replace him in the next few days, something many reports indicated in the last week.

Spalletti joined Inter from Roma in 2017 and led the team to two straight fourth-place finishes and qualification to the Champions League. But he has failed to win any silverware with the club.

“Inter Milan can confirm that Luciano Spalletti is no longer head coach of the first team,” Inter said Thursday in a statement. “The club wishes to thank Spalletti for his work and the results achieved together.”

Conte has been out of a job since June 2018 when he was fired from Chelsea. According to Italian media reports, the former Juventus coach has already signed a three-year contract with Inter.

Under Spalletti, Inter qualified for the Champions League for the first time since the 2011-12 season but was eliminated in the group stage. The team also finished 21 points behind Serie A champion Juventus.

Spalletti’s departure comes one day after coach Gennaro Gattuso left AC Milan by mutual consent after being beaten to the final Champions League berth by Inter.

Reports: Antonio Conte will be next Inter manager

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According to a number of reports across Europe, including The Guardian and The Mirror, Antonio Conte has agreed to terms to become the next manager at Inter Milan and will take over this summer, with Luciano Spalletti departing.

Conte has signed a four-year deal at Inter that will earn him around $11 million per season, with the Italian excited to return home and face the challenge of finishing the task at Inter. The Italian giants have slumped in recent years, but this year showed promise that the project may finally be coming to an end. Spalletti appears to have turned the team into a Champions League contender again, but there are reports that he is struggling to maintain the support of the locker room and the front office.

Inter’s qualification to next year’s Champions League is no guarantee either, with the club sitting just a point ahead of rivals AC Milan for the final Serie A spot heading into the final week of the season. They have just three wins in their final nine matches, leaving them vulnerable.

Conte most recently managed Chelsea for two seasons, winning both the Premier League and the FA Cup in his first season but missing out on Champions League qualification last campaign before departing. He recently won a lawsuit against Chelsea that will see the Blues pay him an additional $11 million as part of his severance package. Other than his Premier League stint at Stamford Bridge, Conte has spent his entire career in Italy, managing Juventus, Atalanta, and the Italian national team among others. He has eight Serie A titles to his name between playing and managing.

Rumors say that Conte is zeroing Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku as his first transfer target of the summer.

Report: Antonio Conte taking Chelsea to court

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Sky Sports are reporting that Antonio Conte is taking Chelsea to court over the rest of his salary.

The Italian coach left Chelsea in July after leading them to the Premier League title and FA Cup in his two seasons in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Per the report, Conte has refused to sit down and talk with Chelsea and he believes he should be paid what he is contractually owed. Other reports suggest Conte is asking Chelsea for $26.3 million, which includes his yearly salary of $14.8 million, plus damages of over $11.5 million.

His lawyers are working on two cases, one with an employment tribunal and the other with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Conte had one-year remaining on the deal he signed in the summer of 2017 after leading Chelsea to the PL title in his first season in England.

However, things turned sour quickly in his second season in charge and although the Blues won the FA Cup and rallied to finish fifth in the table, he was was replaced by Maurizio Sarri this summer.

It is believed the former Juventus and Italy manager turned down the chance to manage Real Madrid over the past week, with Conte’s representatives now focused on taking the Premier League club to court.

Various reports revealed some of the reasons Chelsea will use to defend not paying Conte his full salary include his spat with Diego Costa, Conte’s failure to turn up to sponsorship events and that he parked in the wrong spot at their training ground among others.

Chelsea wanted an out-of-court settlement between themselves and Conte but he has refused to turn up for talks.

Maybe that is because he’s concerned about where to park his car and whether or not that will be held against him…

Reports: Martinez the new front runner for Real Madrid job

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Florentino Perez likes to make a splash, but appears to be taking a measured approach when it comes to appointing the next big name to run Real Madrid.

Former Champions League winner Santiago Solari is currently running things for Perez, as Real looks to steady its ship following the firing of Julen Lopetegui.

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But a new name has emerged in multiple reports, and like Antonio Conte it was also be familiar to Premier League fans.

Claims that the Real Madrid room isn’t too keen on Conte, have been followed up by some clued-in folks saying Belgium boss and former Everton manager Roberto Martinez could be the free-flowing man to get Real out of ninth place in La Liga.

With Real continuing to chase the signature of Eden Hazard, hiring his Belgium boss could help sway the Chelsea man the way of the Bernabeu. And considering how things ended with Conte, the Italian’s hiring would have the opposite effect.