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Conte once again shrugs off Messi to Inter rumors

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Antonio Conte has once again shrugged off Messi to Inter rumors, saying he knows how difficult it was to even get Romelu Lukaku from United.

In the space of a week, Antonio Conte has once again ruled out any possibility of Lionel Messi joining Inter Milan.

Inter closed out a solid 2019-20 Serie A campaign on Saturday by beating Atalanta by a 2-0 scoreline at Bergamo.

With the result, it means Antonio Conte and Inter only finished one point adrift champions Juventus.

Having already backed Conte significantly in the transfer market, Inter are expected to further strengthen ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Just recently, a controversial report from Italy claimed the Nerrazzuri could lure Messi to join by offering him a €260m deal. The Argentine’s future is a little uncertain due to turbulence at Camp Nou.

But Conte is being realistic and clearly states that there’s no chance it’ll ever happen.

“Look, only I know what I had to do to get Lukaku,” he joked to reporters after Inter’s victory as quoted by Goal. “Trust me, at the end of the season we will make evaluations.”

Lukaku enjoyed a brilliant debut season at Inter with 23 Serie A goals and Conte took time to praise the Belgian forward alongside his attacking partners.

“He is strong, I was already looking for him at Chelsea but then he went to United,” Conte said of Lukaku. “He is an atypical footballer who can be a point of reference, but he can improve.

“Today, I also liked Lautaro and Sanchez. It is thanks to these guys if we scored 81 goals and if we finished second.”