Inter Milan president reveals why Conte left
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Inter Milan president reveals why Conte left

Inter Milan President Steven Zhang has for the first time revealed why Antonio Conte left the club, a week after lifting the Serie A title. 

The Italian led Inter to their first Scudetto since 2010 but surprisingly left his role last week. 

Zhang says their "divergent views" was the reason for their separation, two years into their union. 

"From the first moment we took over Inter we thought that Conte would be the best coach for our project," the San Siro chief told Gazzetta Dello Sport. 

"Two years ago we finally managed to bring him to the Nerazzurri. I was and remain convinced that Conte is a winning coach: this is the reason that led us to invest so much in him and in the team in the last two years.

"Last summer the pandemic had greatly affected our revenues but we continued with him, focusing on the season convinced that we could win.

"The decision was right, but now the bill brought by the pandemic is such that we cannot fail to review the situation by looking for savings that lead to a future budget balance.

"We must reduce costs and control risks. This obviously also influences the transfer market strategy. Our different views on the situation led to the separation.

"What wasn't fundamental for him, was for the club, and vice-versa. Conte is a top coach, but as president, I have to think about the solidity of the club."

Conte has already has been replaced by ex-Lazio boss Simeone Inzaghi, following his impressive period including winning the Coppa Italia. 

The former Chelsea man finished second behind Juventus in his first season at the club, before eventually ending the Old Lady of Turin's reign in the just-concluded season.