Inter have officially appointed former Juventus, Chelsea and Italy boss Antonio Conte as their new Coach.
Conte has signed a three-year contract with Inter and replaces Luciano Spalletti, whose two-season reign in the blue half of San Siro came to an end on Thursday.
“It’s his gestures, the looks he gives, the details he goes into that define Antonio Conte,” read a club statement.
“Ever since he was a child, his life has been dedicated to football. His passion and love for football meant it became an objective to pursue, and this resulted in him becoming a footballer.
“He sees football as the best way to express himself, to leave a mark, whether on the pitch or on the bench.
“Determined and ambitious, Antonio Conte is now beginning his inter adventure.
“Right here before us, we have two entities with the same objective and outlook - that is to win. Head, heart and legs are the three words which sum up Conte’s career.
“Head: He always had clear ideas when he played out on the pitch as a midfielder. His coaches were certain that he’d continue his career in the dugout.
“Heart: This is something he has constantly shown on every adventure he’s been on: he’s always ensured that his teammates and players have felt the necessary sense of belonging to achieve the most important objectives.
“Legs: Hard work is something he has always been known for. Training sessions and matches are to be experienced to the full.
“Hard work and sweat, unity of purpose and identity. Something which Italy’s National Team displayed in the 2016 European Championship.
“Conte’s Italy, who were knocked out on penalties by Germany, thrilled and brought an entire nation together. He’s also left his mark abroad: he won the Premier League during his first season in England.
“Now, Antonio Conte’s challenge is the same as the entire Nerazzurri world: to continue moving forward and to bring Inter back to the apex of European football.”
The 49-year-old led Juve to three Scudetti after spells at Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena, prior to stepping down in the summer of 2014.
Conte was then Italy’s CT for two years, guiding the Azzurri to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, before winning a Premier League title and an FA Cup with Chelsea.
His move to the Nerazzurri has angered a section of Old Lady supporters, who have signed a petition asking for his star to be removed from the club’s stadium.
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