“I will not hesitate to step aside”: Antonio Conte reveals that he will quit Inter Milan if the heads of the club are not satisfied with him … but the boss insists he does well despite the implosion of the offer for Serie A.
- Despite the victory over Torino, doubts remain about Antonio Conte’s future at Inter Milan
- Conte sent mixed messages when asked about his commitment to the job
- He said he was with Inter on a three-year project, but he also hinted on departure
- Inter lagged far behind Juventus in the Serie A title race, despite their win
Questions are still being asked about Antonio Conte’s future at Inter Milan after insisting that he remain committed to the club … while also admitting he was willing to quit.
Conte’s mixed reports followed Inter’s 3-1 win over Torino on Monday-evening, returning to form after a poor run amid the resumption of Serie A, breaking up their title bid.
With Inter’s win, they went back to second place in the table, albeit eight points behind Juventus with six games to go, and a cloud still hanging over their short-tempered boss.
Despite the victory over Turin, doubts remain about Antonio Conte’s future at Inter Milan
Legendary Fabio Capello notably cut the knife in Conte before the match, saying ‘after £ 150 million was spent on purchases, more was expected of him and Inter’.
When asked about his future after the victory in Torino, Conte told Sky Sports Italia: ‘I was called to Inter for a three-year project to bring them back where they deserve it. That inevitably takes time. I came here with such enthusiasm. I have confidence.
‘I started a three-year project and [my contract] lasts three years. After that, if they want to renew my contract … I’m happy, I know there is still a long way to go, but I don’t want my welcome to stay too long.
“If everyone is happy with the work I do, and I think that’s the case now, from what I’ve been told, I don’t understand why we shouldn’t go on.
“If they’re not happy with the work I do, I won’t hesitate to step aside.”
Ashley Young was one of the targets in the much needed comeback victory
But Conte’s insistence after the game that he would stay with Inter was inconclusive
Inter was without Romelu Lukaku against Torino without £ 73 million, but goals from Ashley Young, Diego Godin and Lautaro Martinez saw Conte’s men fight back after the opening of Andrea Bellotti.
“We are much less predictable than before, because now we attack with more men. The result should crown the effort we put in and if it doesn’t, it disappoints me.
“We have been overly punished by certain incidents, but we are on the right track: playing offensive football and overloading our opponents’ box.”