Antonio Conte leaves Inter over plan to sell €80m of players this summer

Antonio Conte has left his job as manager of Internazionale, three and a half weeks after leading the club to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

After talks on Wednesday the former Chelsea manager and the club agreed to part ways, with the 51-year-old receiving a payout of €7m (£6m). He had one year remaining on a contract with a €13m salary.

Conte concluded his ambitions were at odds with Inter’s plans, with the club preparing to sell about €80m of players this summer because of the state of their finances. Conte wanted backing for signings and a greater chance to build on his success.

He took over at Inter in 2019 and reached the Europa League final in his first campaign before winning Serie A by 12 points this season. Inter’s shortlist for a successor includes Simone Inzaghi, manager of Lazio since 2016, and Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juventus in 2019.

Inter said in a statement: “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.”

Romelu Lukaku paid tribute to Conte on Instagram. “Thanks Antonio. You changed me as a player and made me stronger … and we won together!” Lukaku wrote. “I’m glad that I’ve had you as a coach. I’ll take your principles for the rest of my career. I owe you a lot.”