In Focus: Inter Milan wasting their time if they think Conte will leave this summer

According to reports in The Mirror, Inter Milan are refusing to give up on bringing Chelsea manager Antonio Conte back to Italy this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite being on the verge of winning the Premier League title in his first season in England – as well as facing Arsenal in the FA Cup final later this month – Conte has consistently been linked with a move to Serie A side Inter.

The Nerrazurri are in seventh position in the league after another disappointing season – while they were also eliminated in the group stages of the Europa League – and the club’s Chinese owners, Suning Holdings, want to bring in a top coach to improve them next term.

They are said to have offered Conte a deal worth £10million-a-year and significant transfer funds to return to his homeland and make them challengers once again.

How do the Chelsea fans feel about him?

They have fallen in love.

The Italian has led the rejuvenated squad that finished a disappointing 10th in the Premier League last season to the cusp of the title, and they have enjoyed his passion on the sidelines and his ability to get the best out of each and every one of his players.

Has he said he is staying?

No, not exactly.

Instead of talking about the speculation, he has preferred to concentrate on the Blues’ remaining fixtures – understandable considering they are in the middle of a crucial run-in – but not putting the rumours to bed could be a slight cause for concern for fans.

On Friday, he said: “At this part of the season there are a lot of speculations about my players, also about me, but it’s not important.”

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, if he does win the Premier League title Conte will surely want to try and defend his title, as well as giving the Champions League a real good go next season.

If he is missing Italy it could be a possibility, but Inter may have to wait at least another year before they could try and tempt him away from Stamford Bridge.