Inter Milan: Antonio Conte jokingly pretends to box Lautaro Martinez as the pair settle feud

It’s Lautaro vs Conte… with Lukaku as the ring announcer! Inter Milan pair square off in a makeshift boxing ring during training in hilarious clip, as they settle their rift after the Argentine striker was hauled off against Roma

  • Antonio Conte and Lautaro Martinez hilarious settled their feud in training 
  • The Argentine was furious after being subbed by his Inter Milan boss vs Roma  
  • But the squad found an interesting way to lift the tension between the pair
  • They pretended to fight each other in a boxing match during a training session
  • Romelu Lukaku acted as the ring announcer to introduce both corners 

Settling a feud between a manager and a player is never an easy task, but Inter Milan may have found the perfect way to calm things down after setting up a joke boxing match between Lautaro Martinez and boss Antonio Conte. 

The pair were involved in an angry spat during Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Roma after the Argentine was hauled off despite coming on as a substitute, and the squad quickly arranged for them to bury the hatchet.

Inter have already won the Serie A title, their first Scudetto for 11 years, but the bust-up hinted that there is still plenty of passion left in the team and this hilarious clip displayed their unity as a squad.

Inter Milan players arranged a joke boxing match between Lautaro Martinez (pictured) and boss Antonio Conte after their bust up on Wednesday night

The squad were in high spirits as the pair settled their differences in a make-shift ring

The squad were in high spirits as the pair settled their differences in a make-shift ring 

The Argentine forward was furious at Conte for hauling him off during their 3-1 win vs Roma

The Argentine forward was furious at Conte for hauling him off during their 3-1 win vs Roma 

Players and staff set up a makeshift ring using cones and tape in the middle of their training pitch, with Martinez and Conte both wearing boxing gloves as they were introduced to the ‘crowd’ by star forward and ex-Man United star Romelu Lukaku. 

‘Live from Madison Square Garden, It’s Lautaro Martinez!’ Said the Belgian as the squad cheered for the Argentine, who raised his hand in the air. 

Lukaku then announces his manager Conte, who doesn’t receive the same warm reception as the players jokingly boo the Italian as he laughs and and lifts his fists in the air. 

The ring announcer then channels his inner Michael Buffer and yells ‘Let’s get ready to rumble!’

Conte was booed by the squad as his name was called out by ring announcer Romelu Lukaku

Conte was booed by the squad as his name was called out by ring announcer Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian channelled his inner Michael Buffer and said 'Let's get ready to rumble!'

The Belgian channelled his inner Michael Buffer and said ‘Let’s get ready to rumble!’

The bizarre clip was an amicable ending to a furious bust-up between the two after Conte had told him to ‘have respect’ after kicking out following his decision to take him off against Roma. 

The 23-year-old had already come on as a sub in the 36th minute of the game after Alexis Sanchez had picked up an injury, but he was taken off in the 77th minute for Ashley Young.

No player wants to be subbed as a sub, and Martinez showed his fury by trudging past his manager, kicking a water bottle and launching his shirt to the ground.

Inter Milan striker Martinez kicks out at a water bottle (seen as a motion blur to the right of striker) after being substituted during his side's 3-1 victory over Roma

Inter Milan striker Martinez kicks out at a water bottle (seen as a motion blur to the right of striker) after being substituted during his side’s 3-1 victory over Roma

Conte then furiously berated the striker from the touchline for his actions on the night

Conte then furiously berated the striker from the touchline for his actions on the night

His behaviour triggered an angry response from Conte, who confronted him and said: ‘Have respect! Who are you angry with? Never react like this again.’

Martinez had not put in his best display for the team and a typically ruthless Conte was quick to make an example of him. 

Inter Milan assistant Cristian Stellini said the former Chelsea boss had treated him in a similar manner when he was a player under him after a poor display, saying it was the right attitude to have – but insisted the incident was behind them. 

Coaches tried to console the 23-year-old he threw his match shirt to the ground in anger

Coaches tried to console the 23-year-old he threw his match shirt to the ground in anger

‘This is something that also happened to me 14 years ago when Conte was my coach and I was still a player. He substituted me after 20 minutes,’ Stellini told Sky Sport Italia. 

‘This is an example of the mentality we want to see. Even if the result is already secure, we expect all the players to give the maximum effort.

‘At that moment, Lautaro was not playing up to the right standard and we want players who are always fully focused. Some things remain on the pitch, it’s all in the past now and we will look forward to the next match.’

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Jorginho declares he now feels ‘at home’ at Chelsea after initial struggles to get fans onside

Jorginho has pledged his long-term future to Chelsea by declaring he feels ‘at home’ at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazil-born Italy midfielder has spent half his life in a footballing odyssey, but now firmly believes he has found his niche in west London.

Jorginho has regularly been linked with a return to Italy’s Serie A, but one mention of new boss Thomas Tuchel’s infectious man-management reveals the 29-year-old’s determination to stay at Chelsea for the long haul.

Jorginho has pledged his long-term future to Chelsea, declaring he feels ‘at home’ there

Thomas Tuchel's infectious man-management reveals the 29-year-old's determination to stay

Thomas Tuchel’s infectious man-management reveals the 29-year-old’s determination to stay

His importance as Chelsea’s metronome midfielder should ultimately lead to an extension of his current contract, which runs until 2023.

But Saturday’s FA Cup final against Leicester and the May 29 Champions League final against Manchester City take clear precedence.

‘Of course, of course I do feel settled,’ Jorginho told the PA news agency. ‘When I came here, everything was different. But I felt welcome straight away.

‘It feels great after three years, and I know everyone here appreciates what I try to do for the club and for the people. So it feels like home now in England.

But securing FA Cup and Champions League crowns for Thomas Tuchel's side is his priority

But securing FA Cup and Champions League crowns for Thomas Tuchel’s side is his priority

‘It’s definitely not the time to think about contracts with two finals to play! How could I want to leave the club? That’s not the point. It’s not the point even talking about it now.

‘I’ve got two more years and like I said, I really feel at home here. So there’s no point actually even talking about it. And we have only just started under Thomas – we’ve got a lot more to do here.’

From Brazilian coastal town Imbituba to the King’s Road, Jorginho endured testing apprenticeships en route to prominence at Hellas Verona and Napoli before arriving at Chelsea in 2018.

The guitar-playing £50million recruit has kept rhythm in the Blues’ midfield ever since, but remains acutely aware of how his performances have polarised fan opinion.

New Chelsea boss Tuchel’s stunning start to west London life has removed any lingering argument over the astute tactician’s worth however.

Tuchel has shone fresh light on Jorginho's ability to dominate and direct play from midfield

Tuchel has shone fresh light on Jorginho’s ability to dominate and direct play from midfield

Tuchel has employed his ‘double-six’ twin defensive midfielders to devastating effect as Chelsea have powered to within touching distance of FA Cup and Champions League glory.

In realising his pledge to make Chelsea ‘horrible’ to play against, Tuchel has shone fresh light on Jorginho’s ability to dominate and direct.

So when asked if Tuchel’s system and his role within it finally allows people to see his true value, Jorginho light-heartedly replied: ‘I hope so! If they don’t by now, they don’t understand football!

‘But the results, the numbers, are there. So whoever wants to say something different, they can have their opinion, but it will not affect me in a bad way.

‘Criticism will always be there, in any job. It depends how you take it. And for me, honestly, it’s just motivation, to work even harder.’

Tuchel has employed his 'double-six' twin defensive midfielders to devastating effect

Tuchel has employed his ‘double-six’ twin defensive midfielders to devastating effect

Former Paris St Germain manager Tuchel has transformed Chelsea since replacing Frank Lampard on January 26.

The 47-year-old German’s mixture of carrot and stick motivation has found fast favour at Stamford Bridge, entirely belying his vociferous touchline demeanour.

Jorginho explained how Tuchel can scream at his players for 90 minutes – but still retain their full trust and confidence.

‘On the pitch he seems quite harsh, always shouting and going crazy,’ said Jorginho. ‘But then you meet him off the pitch and you say ‘is that the same person?’

‘Off the pitch he’s completely a nice guy, who talks to everyone, tries to understand everyone. When he shouts, it is nothing personal. He doesn’t take it personally.

Jorginho said Tuchel can scream at his players for 90 minutes - but still retain their full trust

Jorginho said Tuchel can scream at his players for 90 minutes – but still retain their full trust

‘Because maybe other coaches they can take it personally; when they shout at someone all the time, maybe in the next game they’re not going to play.

‘But with Thomas it’s not like that at all, it’s just that moment, and then after that it’s completely past.

‘So we know that, and that’s why we don’t take it personally as well, when he shouts at someone.

‘Sometimes when someone who has maybe been playing a bit less has the opportunity, they are ready, because they feel involved. If they weren’t feeling involved like that, maybe the results would be different.’

When Chelsea toppled Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final, Jorginho welled up at full-time, caught up in realising lifelong dreams.

Emotions back in check to handle several pivotal weeks, Chelsea’s calmly-spoken creator explained: ‘You tell me what kid doesn’t dream about winning the Champions League?

When Chelsea toppled Real Madrid, Jorginho was caught up in realising lifelong dreams

When Chelsea toppled Real Madrid, Jorginho was caught up in realising lifelong dreams

‘In that moment at the end against Madrid, I realised how hard I had worked for this, and how hard we all have worked.

‘So yes I got emotional, because it’s not just a game.

‘My thoughts turned to my family, my friends, the people who were close to me the whole time, in every single moment in my life. And I’m sure their thoughts were there as well.

‘It was an amazing feeling, reaching the final. Maybe some people can say it’s nothing, but it’s a lot, and now there are two more steps to achieve our dreams.’

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte confronts Lautaro Martinez after striker kicked out at a water bottle

‘Have respect! Who are you angry with?’: Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte furiously confronts Lautaro Martinez after striker kicked at a water bottle in anger having been been brought on and then subbed off during 3-1 win over Roma

Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Conte were involved in a furious touchline bust up on Wednesday night after the Inter Milan striker was substituted having been sent on as a sub earlier in the game. 

Martinez came on as a replacement in the 36th minute during Inter’s 3-1 victory over Roma after Alexis Sanchez had picked up an injury for the newly crowned Italian champions.

Yet following an insipid display in the Serie A clash he was replaced with 13 minutes to play by Andrea Pinamonti.

As the striker trudged off the pitch, he was seen casting a furious glance in the direction of Conte, with the Inter boss paying no attention to the forward.

Martinez though soon caught it, when as he made his way back to the Inter dugout he kicked out at a water bottle that caused a few in the contingent on the Inter bench to duck for cover.

Conte immediately turned to Martinez and furiously berated the striker saying: ‘Have respect! Who are you angry with? Never react like this again.’ according to Sky Sport Italia.

The 23-year-old’s reaction was to remove his match shirt and throw it to the ground following another frustrating night for the 23-year-old. 

Inter Milan assistant Cristian Stellini admitted Martinez’s removal was due to the striker not putting in his best performance possible and that despite Inter’s title win the squad was still expected to show full commitment.

Stellini himself revealed he had once been replaced as a substitute by Conte in his playing career while both were at Bari.

‘This is something that also happened to me 14 years ago when Conte was my coach and I was still a player. He substituted me after 20 minutes,’ Stellini told Sky Sport Italia.

‘This is an example of the mentality we want to see. Even if the result is already secure, we expect all the players to give the maximum effort.

‘At that moment, Lautaro was not playing up to the right standard and we want players who are always fully focused.

‘Some things remain on the pitch, it’s all in the past now and we will look forward to the next match.’

Martinez has scored 16 goals from 26 Serie A games this term but has scored just once in his last seven matches. 

Having already won the Serie A title to end nine years of Juventus dominance, Inter pulled 13 points clear of Atalanta at the top with two games to play.

Their 3-1 win at the San Siro came with goals from Matias Vecino and Marcelo Brozovic who put them 2-0 up in 20 minutes before Henrikh Mkhitaryan pulled a goal back.

But Inter made the points in the final minute when Romelu Lukaku struck for the hosts.

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Sassuolo 1-3 Juventus: Ronaldo nets 100th goal but visitors remain in fifth despite victory

Sassuolo 1-3 Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo sets another goalscoring record by netting 100th goal for Juve after Gianluigi Buffon becomes oldest goalkeeper to save Serie A penalty but visitors remain in fifth despite victory

  • Ronaldo’s 100th goal for Juventus kept alive his side’s hopes of a top-four finish 
  • The forward became first player to score 100 goals in three different countries
  • Buffon, 43, also set a new record by saving Domenico Berardi’s spot kick
  • Juve remain two points off Champions League places with two games to go

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100th goal for Juventus in all competitions kept alive his side’s hopes of a top-four Serie A finish after a 3-1 away win against an impressive Sassuolo on Wednesday.

The result was not easy to come by for Juve, with returning goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saving an early penalty, but goals from Adrien Rabiot, Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala meant they stayed fifth, two points off the Champions League qualification places. 

Buffon, who announced this week that he is leaving the club at the end of the season, replaced Wojciech Szczesny in goal and immediately showed he has lost none of his ability as he brilliantly kept out Domenico Berardi’s spot-kick.

Cristiano Ronaldo (above) scored his 100th goal for Juventus on Wednesday night

The Juventus forward became the first player to score 100 goals in three different countries

The Juventus forward became the first player to score 100 goals in three different countries

The chances kept coming and going for the home side, and their profligacy proved costly as Adrien Rabiot drilled home the opener in the 28th minute, before Ronaldo reached another goal landmark just before the break.

Sassuolo continued to do everything but score, until Giacomo Raspadori did finally beat Buffon just before the hour mark.

But Dybala also reached a century of Juve goals, with a fine finish six minutes later to ensure they kept pace with their top-four rivals Atalanta, AC Milan and Napoli, who all won in the latest round of matches, with two games to play. 

Legend Gianluigi Buffon, 43, became the oldest goalkeeper to save a Serie A penalty

Legend Gianluigi Buffon, 43, became the oldest goalkeeper to save a Serie A penalty

Midfielder Adrien Rabiot drilled home the opener for the visitors in the 28th minute

Midfielder Adrien Rabiot drilled home the opener for the visitors in the 28th minute

Paulo Dybala also reached a century of Juventus goals by netting the third late on

Paulo Dybala also reached a century of Juventus goals by netting the third late on

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Serie A: Salernitana secure promotion for first time in 23 YEARS

Salernitana defeat Pescara to secure promotion to Serie A for the first time in 23 YEARS… but promotion means president Claudio Lotito – who controls Lazio – has 30 DAYS to sell as he can’t own two teams in same league

  • Salernitana secured promotion to Serie A for the first time since 1999 on Monday
  • Fabrizio Castori’s side defeated Pescara on the final day to seal their promotion
  • It is good and bad news for president Claudio Lotito as he will now have to sell
  • Lotito also runs Lazio and league rules prevent controlling stakes in two teams 

Salernitana booked their place in Serie A for the first time in the 21st century with a win over Pescara – but it proved bittersweet for president Claudio Lotito. 

The Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) strict rules prevent controlling stakes in more than one team but with Lotito already owning Salernitana before the rule was amended, he was fine to keep a controlling stake while they were in the second tier. 

But the success of Fabrizio Castori’s mean that Lotito – who also runs Lazio – must now sell up within 30 days.

Serie B side Salernitana secured promotion to Serie A for the first time since 1999 on Monday

Claudio Lotito, the controlling stakeholder, will now need to sell up as he also controls Lazio

Claudio Lotito, the controlling stakeholder, will now need to sell up as he also controls Lazio

Currently there are five individuals in Italy who boast controlling stakes – owning more than 40 per cent of a club – in more than one professional club.

Along with Lotito, Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis also has a stake in Serie C side Bari, Giampaolo Pozzo runs both Watford and Udinese and Giuseppe Saputo controls Bologna and Canadian side CF Montreal. 

Spezia owner Robert Platek has three professional clubs in his portfolio, including Sønderjysk Elitesport in Denmark and Casa Pia in Portugal. 

Speaking prior to Salernitana securing their promotion, FIGC president Gabriele Gravina confirmed Lotito would have to sell up as per league rules.

Andre Anderson opened the scoring against Pescara as Salernitana won 3-0 to seal promotion

Andre Anderson opened the scoring against Pescara as Salernitana won 3-0 to seal promotion

‘We have a clear article, 16 of the Internal organisational rules reinforces a statutory principle seen in article 7 paragraph 8,’ Gravina said on Monday morning. 

‘It is a rule in line with UEFA’s rules that does not allow participation in more than one club at a professional level.

‘President Lotito enjoyed an exemption years ago. Everyone knew what was going to happen, I wish Salernitana all the best for this historic goal that they could achieve, but the rules are the rules. The situation of control cannot be continued and would lead to non-inclusion in the league.’

Salernitana finished runners-up in Serie B, amassing 69 points from 38 matches with a league best 19 wins.

It proved a tight first half against Pescara but a penalty from Andre Anderson eased the nerves before Tiago Casasola and Gennaro Tutino added gloss to the performance. 

Empoli won the league to return to Serie A since they were relegated on the last day of the 2018-19 season. 

Fabrizio Castori's (left) players success means Lotito must sell as league rules prevent controlling stakes in more than one club in the same division due to a conflict of interest

Fabrizio Castori’s (left) players success means Lotito must sell as league rules prevent controlling stakes in more than one club in the same division due to a conflict of interest

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Juventus 0-3 AC Milan: Ante Rebic scores stunner to dent hosts’ hopes of Champions League next year

Juventus 0-3 AC Milan: Ante Rebic scores stunner as visitors leapfrog Andrea Pirlo’s side in the table with huge win and put major dent in Old Lady’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League

  • Brahim Diaz, Ante Rebic and Fikayo Tomori score in AC Milan’s win over Juventus
  • Franck Kessie also missed a penalty for visitors but it didn’t matter in the end
  • Win moves AC Milan into third and leaves Old Lady fifth in the Serie A table
  • With three games left Juvenuts face missing out on the Champions League

AC Milan moved above Juventus in the Serie A table with a superb 3-0 away win over Andrea Pirlo’s side.

Braham Diaz scored in first-half stoppage time and though Franck Kessie had a penalty saved after the break, Ante Rebic doubled the lead with just over ten minutes to go before Fikayo Tomori made it three late on.

The big win moved Milan into third and left Juventus fifth, one point behind Napoli in fourth with three matches left in the season.

More to follow… 

AC Milan beat Juventus 3-0 in a massive win in the race for Champions League qualification

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Juventus ‘reject Barcelona’s pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt’… with Spanish giants keen on centre back

Juventus ‘reject Barcelona’s renewed pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt’… with Spanish giants back in for Dutch centre back having missed out on him in 2019 to their European rivals

  • LaLiga contenders Barcelona are reportedly interested again in Matthijs de Ligt
  • Barca missed out when Juventus took the Holland centre back to Serie A in 2019
  • A bid is said to have been hinted at during talks over the European Super League
  • De Ligt signed a five-year contract at Juve when he signed from Ajax for £67.8m 

Barcelona have failed in a renewed attempt to prise Holland centre back Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus, according to reports.

LaLiga hopefuls Barca missed out on De Ligt when he joined Juve as a teenage sensation in 2019, signing for £67.8million after helping Ajax reach the 2018/19 Champions League semi-finals and win the Eredivisie title.

Barca had wanted De Ligt to join at the same time as fellow Holland prodigy Frenkie de Jong, who completed his move from the Dutch giants for £65million that summer.

Juventus faced competition from Barcelona for Matthijs de Ligt when he joined them from Ajax

The Spanish giants signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax in 2019 and had wanted De Ligt to follow

The Spanish giants signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax in 2019 and had wanted De Ligt to follow

De Ligt has not hit the heights in Turin that the 21-year-old did with Ajax, suffering successive early Champions League exits and missing out on the Serie A title this season for the first time in 10 years.

The Nations League winner only overcame a serious shoulder problem earlier this season, although he has been ever-present for Juventus in their last nine games, setting up Alex Sandro’s opener and scoring a second-half header in the 3-1 win over Parma in their last home game.

Ronald Koeman knows De Ligt from his spell as Holland manager and Barca bosses mentioned De Ligt during talks with Juventus over the failed European Super League, AS has reported.

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman (centre) knows De Ligt from his time in charge of Holland

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman (centre) knows De Ligt from his time in charge of Holland

Juventus reportedly dismissed the idea of De Ligt being reunited with De Jong, preferring to keep hold of the man who signed a five-year deal when he moved to Italy.

Koeman remains on the hunt for new defenders, with an eye on a successor to veteran centre back Gerard Pique.

France defender Samuel Umtiti has suffered with injuries this season, and former target David Alaba eventually agreed to join arch-rivals Real Madrid from Bayern Munich.

De Ligt and De Jong's reputations rose at Ajax - and Barcelona remain eager to reunite the duo

De Ligt and De Jong’s reputations rose at Ajax – and Barcelona remain eager to reunite the duo

De Ligt was unimpressed after Juventus drew 1-1 at Fiorentina two weeks ago as part of a run that has seen the dethroned champions keep only one clean sheet in 11 matches.

The defender told Sky Sport Italia: ‘We need more intensity, more courage with the ball. We have to defend better.

‘We were thinking about the Scudetto, but now the target is to finish second. We are strong and we must aim high.’ 

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Ashley Young criticises Manchester United’s decision to sell ‘unbelievable Romelu Lukaku’

Ashley Young criticises Manchester United’s decision to sell ‘unbelievable Romelu Lukaku’ before claiming he was ‘fantastic in the Premier League’

  • Ashley Young says he can’t ‘understand’ why United sold Romelu Lukaku in 2019
  • Young has said that ‘unbelievable’ Lukaku was ‘fantastic in the Premier League’
  • However, he admits the decision to move to Serie A was the right choice for him 

Former Manchester United captain Ashley Young says he can’t ‘understand’ why the club decided to sell ‘unbelievable’ Romelu Lukaku in 2019. 

Inter Milan signed the Belgium striker on a five-year deal worth £74million – making him third most expensive Serie A signing after the Juventus duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain. 

Young believes United made a mistake letting Lukaku go as he was ‘fantastic in the Premier League’ but admits ‘it was the right choice for him’.   

Ashley Young says he can’t ‘understand’ why United sold Romelu Lukaku (above) in 2019

Lukaku joined Man United in 2017 and spent two years at the club after arriving from Everton

Lukaku joined Man United in 2017 and spent two years at the club after arriving from Everton

Lukaku joined Manchester United in 2017 and spent two years at the club after arriving from Everton. 

However, Lukaku was regularly criticised despite his impressive goal scoring tally in the Premier League, telling Sky Sports: ‘I said it at the time, I couldn’t understand the decision [to sell Lukaku]

Young (aove) has said that 'unbelievable' Lukaku was 'fantastic in the Premier League'

Young (aove) has said that ‘unbelievable’ Lukaku was ‘fantastic in the Premier League’

The pair played together at Manchester United before both moving to Inter Milan

The pair played together at Manchester United before both moving to Inter Milan

‘Whether it was made quickly or not, Romelu has proved a lot of people wrong. He’s worked unbelievably hard.

‘There was talk that he was overweight and couldn’t do this or that. He’s smashed record and made history in Italy, he’s been unbelievable for the club.

‘For me he was fantastic even in the Premier League, to go out there and face another challenge, I think it was the right choice for him. He deserves all the plaudits he is getting.’ 

Lukaku has excelled in Serie A since his arrival and helped Inter Milan claim the title this. 

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Christian Eriksen ‘truly happy’ at Inter Milan under Antonio Conte

Christian Eriksen admits he ‘didn’t understand Antonio Conte before, but then learned his organised football’ as playmaker says he is ‘truly happy’ at Inter Milan after Serie A title triumph – just months after looking set to leave

  • Christian Eriksen has had a change of fortunes at Inter Milan in recent months
  • The 29-year-old looked set to leave the club during the January transfer window
  • But he says he has understood the tactics of Antonio Conte and is reinvigorated 

Christian Eriksen has warned Inter Milan’s Italian rivals that they are building towards a dynasty – with the previously much-maligned playmaker reinvigorated to be a part of that after learning the methods of manager Antonio Conte.

Eriksen’s time at Inter has been a rollercoaster since joining in £17.5million transfer from Tottenham in January 2020 with the Dane reportedly heading out of the San Siro door during this year’s winter window.

He had dropped down dropped down the pecking order under Conte – with reports in November suggesting that the latter was ‘disappointed’ in the 29-year-old’s output.

Christian Eriksen says he is ‘truly happy’ at Inter Milan and under their manager Antonio Conte

That same month, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta suggested that the Italian giants are willing to listen to offers for Eriksen too.

However, none of that materialised and Eriksen can reflect upon this campaign as a Serie A title-winner following Inter’s first triumph in 11 years that was confirmed on Sunday.

And reflecting on his own personal improvement, Eriksen says the turning point was when it all clicked with Conte.

‘I didn’t understand the coach before, but then I learned his organised football,’ he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

‘Now I am truly happy and I’ll become a real Milanese citizen.

‘It’s only the beginning at Inter. We want to build a new era. Conte makes you win.’

Eriksen has made 33 appearances in all competitions for Inter so far this season, scoring three goals – including the first in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Crotone.

Eriksen scored Inter's opener as they won 2-0 at Crotone in Serie A on Saturday night

Eriksen scored Inter’s opener as they won 2-0 at Crotone in Serie A on Saturday night

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Tottenham ‘hold positive managerial talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’

Tottenham ‘hold positive managerial talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and now have second meeting planned’

  • Antonio Conte has led Inter Milan to Serie A glory in his second season
  • His success at the club has reportedly caught the eye of Tottenham 
  • Ryan Mason is in interim charge of Spurs after the sacking of Jose Mourinho

Tottenham have reportedly held begun talks with Antonio Conte over their vacant managerial position.

The Italian has done a fine job since taking charge of Inter Milan two years ago, securing the club their first Serie A title in 11 years at the weekend.

The Nerazzurri are 13 points clear after Saturday’s win at Crotone with four games to go, ending a run of nine Juventus triumphs.

Tottenham have reportedly held begun talks with Antonio Conte over becoming their manager

And Conte’s performance at the  club have naturally caught the eye of Spurs, who currently have Ryan Mason in charge on an interim basis following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim Tottenham have now moved to speak with him and he has refused to rule out the possibility of a move to north London.

However, he also also made it clear he is committed to Inter at this moment in time.

Conte will be no stranger to fans in the Premier League, having spent two seasons with Chelsea between 2016 and 2018.

He won a Premier League in his first season and an FA Cup in his second before being dismissed.  

Conte spent two seasons with Chelsea before going on to manage Inter Milan

Conte spent two seasons with Chelsea before going on to manage Inter Milan

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