Antonio Conte drops huge exit hint after Inter’s Europa League defeat to Sevilla

Antonio Conte drops huge exit hint after Inter’s Europa League defeat to Sevilla


The Italian coach says he will speak to Inter’s hierarchy in the coming days (Picture: Getty)

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has suggested he could walk away from the club after just one season following the side’s Europa League final defeat to Sevilla on Friday night.

The Italian giants had a promising campaign but ultimately came up just short both domestically and in Europe, finishing a point behind champions Juventus in Serie A and losing 3-2 to Sevilla in a thrilling showpiece in Cologne.

Conte has had an often fractious relationship with Inter’s hierarchy since taking over last summer, wanting more backing in the transfer market, and has now hinted those disagreements – and other off-field issues – could lead to his departure.

Inter took an early lead against Sevilla but were pegged back (Picture: Getty Images)

Speaking as though he had managed his last game for Inter, Conte told Sky Sport Italia: ‘Now we have to get back to Milan, will take two or three days off, then with cool heads will meet.

‘It’s only right that we analyse the entire season, look at everything in a very calm way, and try to plan the future of Inter, whether it’s with or without me.

‘I don’t know. We worked hard, it was a very tough season in many ways, so it’s only right to take a little rest, face the situations and make the decision that is best for Inter. There is absolutely no bitterness. There might be different views on things, but we’ll evaluate everything.

‘It has been difficult and we’ll figure things out. It has been wonderful for me to be the coach of Inter, I thank the owners who allowed me to go through this great experience.

‘If I can say one thing: it was worth it and I will always thank those who gave me the opportunity to have this experience.’

He continued: ‘You don’t know what my opinion is. I’ll have my say with a cool head when the time is right. The important thing is that whatever we do is done in harmony.

‘Regardless of everything, it was a positive experience and I thank those who gave me this opportunity. I was welcomed beyond the rosiest expectations. I gave a great deal to them and the players gave their all to me.

Conte looked dejected after Inter’s 3-2 defeat to Sevilla on Friday (Picture: AP)

‘There is no rancour, from me or the club. There are people I already worked with, so that’s not the issue. It’s about points of view, some situations that I faced this year and didn’t like, with all due respect for everyone. I have a family and I have to understand if football is the priority or my family.

‘Because if some situations end up affecting my family, that is no longer enough for me. Everything has its limits, I have to see where my limits are. We’ll clarify the situation, without rancour, because I will always be grateful for having the chance to spent a great year at Inter, but on the other it was also very tough.

‘If you think I will step back, I won’t. I said what I think, you heard my words and they have not changed.’

Conte would not elaborate on the specific reason he is considering leaving (Picture: Reuters)

Conte added: ‘Something happened, there’s no point beating around the bush. We have to see whether everyone is prepared to not have another year like this for what happened with me.

‘There are a few situations I will evaluate, it’s only right the President evaluates it too, I’ll tell the directors my views. I will always be thankful to those who gave me the chance to experience this adventure.

‘Beppe Marotta, Piero Ausilio, they were all convinced I should come here and I will always thank them. It was a very tough year, there are limits to everything and if situations involve my private life, that is no longer acceptable.’

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