Lazio confirms Simone Inzaghi WILL leave and insists they ‘respect his reconsideration’ pending proposed move to replace Antonio Conte at Inter Milan … but don’t even use their manager’s NAME in a short 32 word statement .
- Lazio has now confirmed that Simone Inzaghi will be leaving the club
- Inzaghi has been strongly linked to replace Antonio Conte at Inter Milan
- Conte made a shocking departure on Wednesday after disagreements with the club
- Lazio issued a brief statement not even using Inzaghi’s name
Italian giants Lazio have issued a short 32-word statement confirming that Simone Inzaghi will not continue as manager.
Lazio released the statement Thursday night, choosing not to even use their manager’s name when delivering the message.
Inzaghi has been heavily tipped to join champions Inter Milan after Antonio Conte’s shocking departure on Wednesday.
Lazio has officially confirmed that Simone Inzaghi will not continue as manager
Lazio wrote: “We respect the reconsideration of a coach and, first and foremost, of a player who has linked his name to the Lazio family for many years and to the many successes of Biancocelesti.”
The club did not confirm which step Inzaghi would take next, or whether he would continue in football management.
Inzaghi’s contract with the club was due to expire on June 30, but it emerged in the past week that an agreement had been reached to extend it until June 2024.
Now Lazio insists that they respect Inzaghi’s ‘reconsideration’, suggesting that the manager has since received offers from elsewhere.
Inzaghi finished sixth this season with Lazio and is expected to become Inter Milan’s boss soon
Inter are already looking for a new boss after Conte left the club despite leading them back to the top of Italian football.
Under Conte’s leadership, Inter rose to the title this season, winning by a 12-point margin, knocking Juventus from first place in the process and denying his former club the chance to win 10 consecutive Serie A titles.
Lazio was only able to take sixth place last season, but placed one place higher and six points better than bitter rival Roma.
The club will play in the Europa League next season.
According to reports in Italy, Inter is expected to announce Inzaghi on Friday with a two-year contract worth € 4 million per season plus € 1 million in bonuses.
On Wednesday, Antonio Conte left his post as Inter boss after two seasons at San Siro
Inzaghi – whose brother Pippo is known as an AC Milan legend – devoted much of his playing career to Lazio, playing for the Aquile from 1999 until his retirement in 2010.
Loan periods at Sampdoria and Atalanta came in between, before Inzaghi began coaching in their youth academy later in 2010.
Inzaghi took over the job of Lazio manager from Stefano Pioli for the first time in the last weeks of the 2015-16 season.
He was later fired but had to be recalled in July when Marcelo Bielsa – now from Leeds United – changed his mind about taking the job in the Italian capital.