Antonio Conte has several big questions to ask Steven Zhang when Inter’s president returns to Milan, according to a report in the Italian media today.
Corriere dello Sport’s print edition confirmed Conte and Inter’s directors were eagerly waiting to hold talks with Zhang about Inter’s prospects for next season.
Zhang will first be asked to explain whether or not Suning intend to remain Inter’s owners, or if they are considering a sale due to their economic difficulties.
Conte is then expected to seek clarity over whether Inter will be able to strengthen their squad in the transfer window, ahead of next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Inter consider their imminent Serie A title to be a great achievement because most at the club believe Juventus still have a stronger squad overall.
Conte is therefore eager to reinforce his side for their assault on Europe next year, otherwise he believes it will be difficult to repeat this season’s domestic success.
If Inter cannot make big signings this summer, Conte will ask the club to make this clear to everyone so that he is not burdened with unrealistic expectations among supporters and the media.
He also wants Suning to support him more closely than has been possible during the last seven months, with the report assuring he will ask for reassurance that this season’s troubles do not repeat themselves next year.
Only at that point and having discussed all these issues would Conte proceed to discuss a contract extension at Inter.
He would be eager to open a winning cycle with the Nerazzurri, but the Rome-based paper warned that nothing could be taken for granted.