Antonio Conte has sensationally quit Inter Milan – just days after leading them to the Serie A title.
The former Chelsea boss reportedly had a huge falling out with Inter’s president Steven Zhang over the club’s future plans and stepped down after only two seasons in charge.
Reports say Zhang informed Conte Inter would have to sell stars to raise more than £80m this summer and slash the wage bill by 20 per cent.
The club’s owners had already disbanded their Chinese team Jiangsu earlier this year and Inter were facing financial turmoil too.
Conte, however, thought Inter need to continue spending in order to carry on being successful and demanded new deals for his key players in the run to the title – such as Romelu Lukaku, reports say.
The impasse led Conte who had one year left on his deal to quit the club and he will reportedly receive a seven million euros payoff.
There had been signs from last season that this would be his last term in charge following public falling outs with Zhang and his speech following their 5-1 win over Udinese on the last day of the season.
“I dedicate it [the Scudetto] to myself. Because I know that in any case it has not been an easy path in these two years.
“I really had to get everything out of myself. There have also been times when I have doubted things and doubted myself.
“But we have been strong enough to go beyond everything. We have all been good, even me.
“I think it was the right end to an extraordinary year. Even today we played a beautiful game, we didn’t leave anything behind.
“We have collected 91 points, scored more than 90 goals. The best defence, the second-best attack, it means having done something beautiful and important.”
Simone Inzaghi and Max Allegri are thought to be frontrunners to take over from him at the San Siro.