Inter president Steven Zhang says the decision to part ways with Antonio Conte was taken to preserve the "solidity of the club".
Antonio Conte departed San Siro by mutual consent two weeks ago, make an end to his two-year term with the Nerazzurri, who won their first Scudetto in 11 years under the Italian boss last season.
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" the San Siro chairman told Gazzetta Dello Sport of a manager who has been replaced by ex-Lazio boss Simeone Inzaghi. "
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."