Conte could be the right coach for troubled Inter

Published 6:40 p.m. ET May 13, 2019

MILAN (AP) — After being heavily linked with Roma and Juventus, Antonio Conte seems destined for Inter Milan if the coach returns to Italian soccer.

Italian newspapers have reported Conte has already agreed on a three-year contract with the Nerazzurri to replace current coach Luciano Spalletti at the end of the season.

Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta did not deny the reports when asked about them on Monday.

“We have to bear this discussion and that’s not easy because it’s annoying,” said Marotta, who brought in Conte as coach at Juventus. “But Spalletti’s work has to be recognized.”

Inter beat 10-man Chievo Verona 2-0 on Monday to all but secure qualification for next season’s Champions League. It moved to third in Serie A, a point above Atalanta and four above AC Milan and Roma with two matches remaining.

The top four from Serie A qualify.

It hasn’t been an easy season for Inter, however: It was eliminated from all competitions early on, top signing Radja Nainggolan has performed way below expectations, and there has been trouble with forward Mauro Icardi, who was stripped of the captaincy at the beginning of the…

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