Inzaghi recently left his role as Lazio manager after five years with Le Aquile, where he reportedly turned down a contract extension.
Serie A champions have announced Simone Inzaghi as the replacement for former manager Antonio Conte who was shockingly relieved of his duties at the club. Conte had won Inter the Italian league after years of Juventus dominance and the decision to let him go shocked fans around the world. New manager, Inzaghi, recently left his role as Lazio manager. He was offered a contract extension but he turned it down to take up the Inter job. Inzaghi had been at Lazio for five years. He is the younger brother of former Juventus and AC Milan player, and Italian legend Filippo Inzaghi. He has signed a two-year deal at the San Siro.
Conte’s departure was reportedly due to friction between him and the club’s owners. The Italian did not see eye-to-eye with Suning’s planned cost-cutting scheme which would not have allowed him to build a team based on his preferences and management style to have a stronger presence in Italy and in Europe. Inter’s owners are currently said to be strapped for cash.
Several of the fans opposed the club’s decision to not accommodate Conte’s wishes since he guided Inter to their 19th league title. It was also their first Serie A win in over a decade. The last time they won the league was in 2010 with manager Jose Mourinho.
Inzaghi will reportedly earn close to 4 million euros per year under his new Inter contract. However, he might see some of the Nerazzurri’s best players leave the club in the summer. Some of these names include 22-year-old midfielder Achraf Hakimi who is reportedly drawing strong interest from Paris Saint Germain (PSG). Another such player is 23-year-old striker Lautaro Martinez who is heavily linked with a move to La Liga.
Inter might also lose defender Milan Skriniar in the summer despite club officials saying that they would try to restrict summer sales. One player that Inzaghi will not need to worry about will be Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. The former Manchester United player has committed his future to the blue half of Milan.
“Yes, I’m staying at Inter. Maybe I shouldn’t say it yet but I’ve already talked with the man who is likely to become the new coach. It was a very positive conversation,” Lukaku said.