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Inter Refuse To Accept No From Conte

With real doubts over the future of manager Stefano Pioli, Inter are refusing to give up on signing Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this summer.

The Serie A club’s Chinese owners, Suning Holdings, are ready to offer the Chelsea boss massive transfer funds and a lucrative deal worth £10 million-a-year to return to his homeland and steer the club back to the top of Italian football.

Conte will win the Premier League title with Chelsea in his first season if they triumph in their four remaining games, starting at home to Middlesbrough on Monday night.

Inter looked to have failed in their pursuit last month, with £6.5million-a-year Conte seemingly insistent at the time that the wanted to remain at Stamford Bridge “for years”. But Chelsea have yet to agree a new deal with him.

The 47-year-old refused to rule out a summer exit for Diego Costa at his Friday press conference, and sounded equally uncertain on his own future.

Asked about Inter’s pursuit, Conte, who won three successive Serie A title as Juventus boss before leaving in 2014 for the national-team job, said:

“It’s the same. It’s the same speech for my players. The same for me.

“We must stay with great concentration until the end. I repeat: there is this great target, close, and for this reason I think we must think in the present. In the present.

“At this part of the season there are a lot of speculations about my players, also about me, but it’s not important. Not important, this.

“The most important thing now is to try and reach our target.”

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