Lazio confirm Simone Inzaghi WILL leave and insist they ‘respect his rethinking’ ahead of proposed move to replace Antonio Conte at Inter Milan… but don’t even use their manager’s NAME in brief 32-word statement
- Lazio have now confirmed that Simone Inzaghi will be leaving the club
- Inzaghi has been heavily linked to replace Antonio Conte at Inter Milan
- Conte made a shock departure on Wednesday after differences with the club
- Lazio issued a short statement in which they didn’t even use Inzaghi’s name
Italian giants Lazio have issued a curt, 32-word statement confirming that Simone Inzaghi will not be continuing as manager.
Lazio released the statement on Thursday night, in which they opted to not even use their manager’s name when getting the message across.
Inzaghi has been heavily tipped to join league champions Inter Milan, following the shock departure of Antonio Conte on Wednesday.
Lazio have officially confirmed Simone Inzaghi will not be continuing as manager
Lazio wrote: ‘We respect the rethinking of a coach and, first of all, of a player who for many years has linked his name to the Lazio family and to the many Biancocelesti successes.’
The club did not confirm what step Inzaghi would be taking next, or whether he would continue in football management.
Inzaghi’s contract with the club was set to to expire on June 30, yet in the last week it appeared that an agreement had been reached to extend it until June 2024.
Now, Lazio insist they respect Inzaghi’s ‘rethinking,’ suggesting the manager has since received offers from elsewhere.
Inzaghi finished sixth this season with Lazio and is expected to soon be made Inter Milan boss
Inter are already on the lookout for a new boss, after Conte left the club despite guiding them back to the summit of Italian football.
Under Conte’s leadership Inter surged to the title this season and won by a 12-point margin, knocking Juventus off the top spot in the process and denying his former club the chance to win 10 consecutive Serie A titles.
Lazio could only manage a sixth place during the recent season, though did place one place higher and six points better off than bitter rivals Roma.
The club will play in the Europa League next season.
According to reports in Italy, Inter are expected to announce Inzaghi on two-year contract worth €4m per season plus €1m in bonuses on Friday.
On Wednesday Antonio Conte left his post as Inter boss after two seasons at the San Siro
Inzaghi – whose brother Pippo is well known as an AC Milan legend – committed a large part of his playing career to Lazio, turning out for the Aquile from 1999 to his retirement in 2010.
Loan spells at Sampdoria and Atalanta came in between, before Inzaghi later began coaching in their youth academy in 2010.
Inzaghi first took over as Lazio manager in the final weeks of the 2015-16 season from Stefano Pioli.
He was later let go from the position, but had to be recalled in July when Marcelo Bielsa – now of Leeds United – changed his mind about taking the job in the Italian capital.
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