Antonio Conte is not leaving Inter anytime soon, according to a report in the Italian media today.
La Repubblica’s print edition said there was no doubt Conte would remain the Nerazzurri’s head coach beyond the end of this season.
Inter are also likely to agree a contract extension with Conte, although no talks will be held in this regard before the summer.
Conte’s current deal expires in 2022 and an extension would put him on course to stay at Inter longer than he spent at Juventus (three seasons), making him ‘more Interista than Juventino’.
Inter will not finalise any new deals before the end of this season, meaning Lautaro Martinez and Alessandro Bastoni must both wait alongside Conte for now.
Conte is fully focused at the moment on helping Inter end the era of Juventus dominance that he ushered in himself, having taken the Bianconeri to their first Serie A title post-Calciopoli in 2012.
Inter fans do not need to worry about Conte repeating Jose Mourinho’s sudden and dramatic departure from the club in 2010, the report assured.
Mourinho left to join Real Madrid on the night he won the UEFA Champions League at Inter but Conte is unlikely to do the same if and when he secures the Scudetto.
Conte would be unlikely to find any club capable of guaranteeing him the same salary elsewhere, with so many top European clubs struggling financially due to COVID-19.
Bayern Munich would need a new head coach if Hans-Dieter Flick joins the German national team as expected, which could trigger a domino effect around the continent, but Inter fans will be hoping Conte can be left in peace.