May 11, 2021

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Conte refuses to discuss Inter future and insists he respects future Roma rival Mourinho

Inter coach Antonio Conte welcomed the news of Jose Mourinho’s Roma appointment and dismissed questions about his own future.

Former Chelsea boss Conte has clashed publicly with Mourinho during the couple’s time in England as the latter led Premier League rivals Manchester United.

At one point, Mourinho referred to Conte as a “clown”, while the latter called the Portuguese a “little man”.

However, Conte insisted that he fully respect ex-Inter coach Mourinho, who will replace Paulo Fonseca in Serie A rivals Roma from next season.

“This is good news for everyone, I wish him the best, except when he plays against Inter,” Conte told Le Iene.

“There is certainly great respect between us.”

Conte’s own future has been the subject of speculation, despite leading Inter to their first Scudetto since Mourinho’s treble-winning campaign in 2009-10.

The former Italian and Juventus coach’s contract expires in 2022, but his position is uncertain in doubt about Inter’s financial situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Let’s enjoy this moment, there will be time to talk to the President [Steven Zhang] and the directors, to choose the best path for Inter, ”he said.

Conte won his fourth Serie A title this season – only five other coaches in league history have managed at least four.

The 51-year-old is only the second coach in Serie A history to win a Scudetto with both Inter and Juve and join Giovanni Trapattoni.