Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ‘about to sign’ with Inter Milan – reports


Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ‘about to sign’ with Inter Milan – reports

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is close to becoming Inter Milan’s new manager, according to reports.

Conte has been out of work since leaving the Blues last summer, a club he won the Premier League and FA Cup with in his two seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte is reportedly closing in on a managerial return with Inter Milan

Sky Italia claim Inter boss Luciano Spalletti will be replaced by the Italian at the end of the season.

Inter are on course to qualify for the Champions League for the second successive season under Spalletti, who has had a high-profile fallout with star striker Mauro Icardi.

The 60-year-old accused Icardi of ‘humiliating’ the club last month after failing to agree a new contract.

Inter chairman Zhang Kangyang is believed to have held talks with ex-Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho about a possible return to the San Siro.

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However, Kangyang and the club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta ‘value’ Conte more.

Sky journalist Mariangela Pira writes: “I can confirm that Mourinho has spoken with Zhang but from what I understand there is no basis for him to return. When you speak about Mou’s demands, you must always remember that he is not someone who has won a lot since leaving Inter.

“From what I was told, Zhang likes Mourinho but there is nothing to be done. I would not be surprised if this was an independent initiative Marotta because they do not respect this kind of hierarchy. They value Conte very much and I also know that he is about to sign. For Marotta it is already done.”

Mourinho, who has managed in England, Spain, Italy and Portugal, is understood to be eyeing a return to the dugout with Lyon or Monaco this summer.

In February, he said: “I can imagine myself as a coach in Ligue 1.