OFFICIAL: Antonio Conte leaves Inter Milan just days after winning Serie A title

Antonio Conte has quit Inter Milan – just days after leading them to the Serie A title.

The former Chelsea boss had a huge row with the club’s president Steven Zhang and is unhappy at future plans.

Cash-strapped Inter may have been forced to sell stars to raise more than £80m this summer and slash the wage bill by 20 per cent.

And Conte, who had a year left on his deal, has quit the club and will receive around £5m in compensation.

A bombshell report in Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday night hinted at a divorce between the coach and the Nerazzurri due to expected cutbacks at the club.

It is said that Inter are looking to cut their wage bill by about 20 percent to remove €100m from their budget due to financial worries, with Conte against any such move and willing to walk out over the proposal.

Chelsea receive massive boost as Kante, Mendy return to full training today ahead of Portugal trip tomorrow

Chelsea’S Champions League hopes have received a massive boost after key-men N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy returned to duty today.

The Blues pair both took part in training on day one of the build-up to Saturday’s clash with Manchester City.

Inspirational midfielder Kante has been struggling with a hamstring problem to the extent he missed Sunday’s Premier League finale at Aston Villa.

In the same game keeper Mendy was forced off at half-time after crashing into the goalpost making a save and injuring his ribs.

The stopper had to undergo scans in the wake of the incident and for a time boss Thomas Tuchel was sweating on his No1’s fitness.

But news that both have been passed fit for training at least is a massive plus for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

SunSports understands they took part in full training with the rest of the group and then did a session on their own.

Chelsea fly to Portugal tomorrow ahead of this weekend’s final and Tuchel may now have a full squad to choose from.

Antonio Conte “held discussions” with Premier League club “three weeks ago” as former Chelsea manager eyes Inter Milan exit

There are reports Antonio Conte sensationally held discussions with Tottenham three weeks ago in relation to taking over the vacant managerial position at the club.

The Inter Milan boss is being linked with the Spurs hot seat amid speculation he could be set to part company with his current employer despite winning the Serie A title.

Conte’s side ended Juventus ‘ nine-year grip on the division earlier this month as their status as champions was secured on May 3.

But it seems the Italian may already have been aware of Tottenham’s interest, as two days later Corriere dello Sport reported (via Metro ) that he had held ‘fruitful talks’ over the possibility of replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm.

Mourinho was sacked amidst the European Super League furore on April 18 – around two weeks before Spurs’ alleged approach to Conte.

Julian Nagelsmann had also been in the running but his move to Bayern Munich was confirmed before the end of April.

That led Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy to consider Conte, who was seemingly willing to discuss a potential move before the season had even finished.

Asked about his future by TV show Le Iene after Inter’s achievement was sealed, Conte said: “I’ll be staying or leaving Inter?

“Now we enjoy the celebrations, then we’ll meet and decide.

“We will choose the best destiny for Inter.”

Conte’s appointment would be slightly controversial, given he had a two-year spell in charge of rivals Chelsea, but his reputation as a serial winner would be welcome at Tottenham, and could even persuade Harry Kane to stick around for at least another season.

Inter Milan shop for Antonio Conte’s replacement, contact another 3-5-2-playing top manager

Reports in Italy claim Inter contacted Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi, as Antonio Conte is not prepared to stay with a downgraded squad.

Conte won the Scudetto with several weeks to spare, but the financial crisis at Suning has overshadowed the celebrations.

There are multiple reports today that Conte will not accept the new terms, which include selling players to raise €80-100m and cutting all wages by 20 per cent.

The race is on to find a replacement, and while Max Allegri had been on the radar considering his experience with former Juventus director Beppe Marotta, it seems he too is out of Inter’s current budget.

Instead, Tuttomercatoweb and Sempre Inter both insist the Nerazzurri already contacted Inzaghi on Monday.

It was not a proposal as such, but an exploratory call to understand the situation, especially after Inzaghi railed against Lazio on Sunday evening for keeping him waiting 18 months over a new contract.

Inzaghi would be an intriguing option to replace Conte, as both use a 3-5-2 formation, while at Lazio he has achieved strong results despite a very thin squad.

Meanwhile, Inzaghi is set for showdown talks with Lazio President Claudio Lotito and director Igli Tare today.

Antonio Conte set to leave Inter Milan “within the next 48 hours”

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is reportedly set to depart the San Siro within the next 48 hours following a huge row with the club’s president Steven Zhang.

The 51-year-old’s possible shock departure comes after he guided the Nerazzurri to their first Serie A title since 2010 after finishing 12 points clear.

The ex-Chelsea gaffer hinted earlier this month he is unsure of what the future holds, despite having a year left on his contract.

Inter are known to be in serious financial trouble, with La Gazzetta dello Sport claiming their Chinese owners Suning and Zhang are demanding the club to raise money.

It has been stated that as well as Inter needing to cut the wage bill by 20 per cent, they need to raise a whopping £86.5million in player sales.

Former Juve manager Conte – who has recently been involved in a training ground boxing bout with Romelu Lukaku – is said to have been furious after being informed of the decision.

He is claimed to have expressed bitterness towards Inter’s new direction in the meeting and is now seeking to quit the club.

Fernando Torres hints at sensational return to football

Fernando Torres has dropped a major hint that he is considering a sensational return to football.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool striker hung up his boots in August 2019 after a stint with Japanese side Sagan Tosu.

El Nino would then take up a coaching role with Atletico’s B team of last year before becoming their manager in January – a position he has temporarily stepped away from due to personal reasons.

Away from football, the 37-year-old went viral last year after piling on the muscle in a dramatic body transformation.

Now Torres could be putting his new-found figure to good use back on the football pitch judging by his latest social media post.

Posting an image of the iconic No9 shirt, he wrote the caption: “I only understand life in one way – playing. That’s why I’ve decided to return.”

Fans will need to wait for more information with Torres adding: “This Friday I will communicate where.”

Jose Mourinho set to hijack Eden Hazard’s return to Chelsea

Eden Hazard is reportedly being eyed up by Jose Mourinho who is looking to make him his first Roma signing.

The 30-year-old is one of a number of players that has been put up for sale by Real Madrid following another underwhelming season in Spain.

And it has even been claimed that the Belgium international is looking to leave LaLiga in the summer having failed to prove his worth.

A move back to Chelsea is believed to be his priority, but Leggo via Mundo Deportivo have stated that Mourinho is lining up an audacious swoop for the winger.

The Italian news outlet has declared that the Special One is plotting a reunion with Hazard having managed him at Stamford Bridge for two years.

Mourinho is likely to be given funds by the Giallorossi when he takes charge next season in his first year back in Italy since 2010.

A £43million offer could be enough to tempt Los Blancos into accepting with Hazard failing to live up to his £130m price tag.