One day after the sudden departure of Antonio Conte, Inter has already bitten a replacement. According to various Italian media, this will be Simone Inzaghi.
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The former striker has been at the head of Lazio in recent years, with Pipo Inzaghi’s brother winning one Italian cup (2019) and two super cups (2018, 2020). And where Inzaghi had Jordan Lukaku under him for four years.
Now 45-year-old Inzaghi can start coaching Romelu Lukaku at Inter, which this season for the first time since 2010 played again champion in Serie A. The good news for Lukaku: Inzaghi is a similar coach to Conte. That is to say: pure passion, a driving force and a fan of the 3-5-2, the system in which ‘Big Rom’ has shone in the past two seasons.
Lukaku turned out to be a true world striker under Conte. Last season, that led to a second place in the Serie A and the final of the Europa League. This year it was a hit, with the first ‘scudetto’ in more than ten years. Lukaku was the crucial link for Conte, with 24 goals and 10 assists, so the Red Devil said goodbye with great regret.
“We spoke for the very first time in 2014 and we have had a close relationship ever since,” said ‘Big Rom’ on the farewell to Conte. “We could have worked together several times, but only god knows why it didn’t happen before. You came at the best time and essentially changed me as a player. Made stronger, mentally. And more importantly, we won together. That’s all that matters to you and I’m glad I had you as a trainer. I will take your principles with me for the rest of my career. Such as physical preparation, mentality and the drive to win. It was a pleasure to play for you. Thanks for everything you did. I owe you a lot. ”
The financial problems at the Nerazzurri are said to be the basis of the break. The Italian champion will mainly have to raise money next summer and Conte would see an inevitable weakening of his team in this.
“The club should raise nearly 100 million,” writes La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It’s hard to imagine that it would work without selling at least one major player.”
Sky Italia journalist and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano talks about a sum of 80 million euros. Players such as Lautaro Martinez, Ashraf Hakimi and therefore Romelu Lukaku are mentioned as out of necessity potential leavers.