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Official: Antonio Conte appointed Inter Milan coach 

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Inter Milan confirmed that Antonio Conte has replaced Luciano Spalletti as their new manager.

Conte returns to football management in his native Italy at Inter after spending the past year on the sidelines upon leaving Chelsea.

The 49-year-old replaces Spalletti, who was fired on Thursday despite securing Inter back-to-back Serie A top-four finishes.

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri had also been strongly linked to the role at the San Siro.

More recently, though, Conte became the clear favourite. And rumours only grew when he was seen with Inter’s media team on Wednesday.

Now, the Nerazzurri have finally confirmed the former Chelsea manager has returned to the dugout after a year on the sidelines.

“A new chapter in my life is beginning, I’m really excited,” Conte said in a club statement.

“Through my work, I’ll try to repay all of the trust that the president [Steven Zhang] and directors have placed in me. I have chosen Inter because of the club it is, because of the project’s sound basis and how ambitious it is. Because of Inter’s history.

“I was struck by the club’s transparency and the desire to bring Inter back to where it belongs.”

Inter President Steven Zhang added: “I’m sure that Antonio Conte is one of the best coaches out there.

“I’m certain that he’ll help us achieve our objective and fulfil our mission, one which has always remained the same: to make this club one of the best in the world again.”

Conte has an impressive CV for the Inter job having coach Juventus, Italy and Chelsea in the past.

While a fifth-place Premier League finish last season ended his time at Stamford Bridge, he still won a league title and FA Cup in a two-year stay.

Furthermore, Conte is a proven winner in the Serie A having led Juventus to three successive crowns.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea lifts the Emirates FA Cup Trophy following his sides victory in The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)