Former coach Antonio Conte has come under a scathing attack after walking away from Inter, as Italian journalist Sandro Sabatini accused him of betrayal.

The 51-year-old led the Nerazzurri to a first Scudetto since 2010 this season but departed the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Thursday following a dispute with President Steven Zhang over cost cutting at the club.

Appearing on Italian television channel Sport Mediaset yesterday, Sabatini launched into a stinging criticism of Conte for his conduct and felt that the former Juventus coach ought to have remained at the helm.

“Conte disappointed me. Leaving the team that won the Scudetto before even knowing what would happen was a betrayal. It satisfied him in all respects so far,” Sabatini declared.

Conte took over at Inter from Luciano Spalletti in May 2019 and led the Nerazzurri to second place and the Europa League Final in his first season at the club, before clinching the Serie A title this year.

It is expected that the former Chelsea and Italy coach will be replaced by Simone Inzaghi after he departed Lazio last week.