Sunday, 30 June 2019

Antonio Conte's master plan to make Inter Milan great again

Antonio Conte is making his mark quickly as he aims to take Inter Milan back to the top echelons of world football.

But the former Chelsea boss, who took over at the San Siro at the end of May from Luciano Spalletti, has a difficult task on his hand at the once-wounded Serie A giants. 

Inter had a fall from grace and recently had a six-season absence from the Champions League, but they are now back among Europe's elite, qualifying for the competition in the last two seasons.

And Conte is already putting his stamp on proceedings to keep the positivity going, which is at the forefront of his philosophy at Inter.

The Italian's priority is to get rid of the strong characters in the dressing room, including Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan.

Conte appears to have learnt his lesson from his time at Chelsea, as he does not want to repeat the mistakes made with Diego Costa after the pair fell out, with the former telling the striker by text that he was no longer wanted.

But Conte's battle with Icardi may be harder than thought, especially with his wife - Wanda Nara - as his agent. The Argentine, who has constantly been linked with a move away from Inter, was relinquished of his captaincy and endured a six-week exile last season during a troubled time for the club.

Inter, on Conte's will, have already told Icardi that he won't be captain next season as well as admitting to him that his new manager wants to sell him to avoid any potential controversy down the line. If Icardi leaves this summer, he wants to stay in Italy and won't accept offers from abroad - with Serie A champions Juventus showing early interest.

Joao Mario is also a player who could be walking out the exit doors, and he has already received plenty of offers that don't meet Inter's asking price.


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