The Nerazzurri chief revealed that parting company with the Italian manager was due to the protection of the “solidity of the club”.
’s president, admitted that
departed his role at the club because of “their different views”.
The 51-year-old boss left San Siro on May 26, ending his two-year reign at Inter, who grabbed the Serie A title for the first time in 11 years.
Reports claim that Conte parted ways with the Nerazzurri when they rejected his desire to cash in on some first-team players to reduce costs, with Zhang now admitting that they could not compromise amid the financial problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
From the first moment we took over Inter we thought that Conte would be the best coach for our project,"
the San Siro chairman told
Gazzetta Dello Sport
"Two years ago, we finally managed to bring him to the Nerazzurri.
"I was and remain convinced that Conte is a winning coach: this is the reason that led us to invest so much in him and in the team in the last two years.
"Last summer the pandemic had greatly affected our revenues but we continued with him, focusing on the season convinced that we could win.
"The decision was right, but now the bill brought by the pandemic is such that we cannot fail to review the situation by looking for savings that lead to a future budget balance.
"We must reduce costs and control risks. This obviously also influences the transfer market strategy. Our different views on the situation led to the separation.
"What wasn't fundamental for him, was for the club, and vice-versa. Conte is a top coach, but as president I have to think about the solidity of the club."
Conte joined Inter in 2019 as Luciano Spaletti’s replacement, trying to establish a squad that has finished the Serie A season sitting fourth on the table.
During his first year at the helm, Inter ended the season sitting only one point adrift of the league leaders Juventus, while also making their way into the Europa League final only to get defeated at the hands of Sevilla.
In the 2020-21 season, on the other hand, they won the Serie A title and Conte departed the club having delivered 64 victories in 102 matches.