Lazio president Claudio Lotito has revealed that Simone Inzaghi decided against signing a new contract overnight ahead of his expected move to Inter Milan to replace Antonio Conte as coach of the Nerazzurri.
On Thursday, Inzaghi confirmed that he was leaving his role as Lazio coach, and is in line to take over at Inter Milan, who shockingly parted ways with Conte after winning Serie A for the 2020/21 football season.
Lotito expressed his disappointment with how Inzaghi who spent 22 years at the club as a player and coach handled the situation of his departure.
“I was disappointed on a personal level. He changed his mind from last night to this morning,” Lotito said in a chat Calciomercato.com on Thursday.
“The contract was all ready, I had signed it. He was meant to meet with secretary (Armando) Calveri to sign it too, but he never turned up. He told me he slept on it and had decided to leave. We spent seven hours together yesterday, we reached the agreement and had even shaken on it.
“He told me that he had no more motivation, that wouldn’t have been able to fire up the players. When someone says that, how can you think of keeping him? If he’d told me that the night before, I wouldn’t have prepared the contract to be signed.”
We wait to see how this new development pans out, as well as where Conte eventually ends up. Regardless, one can’t help but be in awe of how the Inter hierarchy wouldn’t yield to Conte’s demands that would have made him stay on as Inter boss after the success of the season.