Antonio Conte’s assistant manager again reiterated ‘the decision is up to Inter’ on his future, as they want to stay, but ‘a top coach requires a top project.’
They lifted the Serie A trophy to the sky this afternoon following a 5-1 win over Udinese and already the questions are swirling around whether Conte will be there next season.
Once again, he did not speak to the media, but rather sent his assistant Stellini to the interview with DAZN.
“Everyone should take a step back and look at what started two years ago, at the start of what was meant to be a three-year project to take Inter back to the top in Italy and in Europe,” said Stellini.
“We achieved it in Serie A, and created a rare empathy between players and staff. This project should continue, but that’s a question the club has to answer.
“As far as we are concerned, we are enthusiastic about continuing, but when you have a top coach, he requires a top project too. The sale of top players could change the cards on the table, but it’s up to the club to make clear what the situation is.
“I don’t know of any particular planned meetings, but the club will decide his destiny. The next few days will be decisive.”
Inter did get a financing deal with Oaktree Capital that will fund outstanding wages, but are still asking to reduce costs next season. Is Stellini optimistic?
“We are super optimistic. We created what we wanted to, a team that is dominant in Italy and capable of doing it in Europe too. We don’t want to let this opportunity slip away.
“Ending the Juventus monopoly was a difficult task and not one to be taken for granted. An important club like Inter needs to grow.”
Finally, Stellini was asked about the sight of Romelu Lukaku moved to tears at the trophy ceremony.
“Romelu has the body of a super athlete, but the heart of a very sensitive soul. That inspired everyone from the first day. You don’t find values like that often.
“Sooner or later, this love story with Conte had to get going after years of wanting to work together.”