≡ Menu

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has lashed out at the Italian media for their ‘fixation’ with formations and explained that the press in England ‘didn’t give a damn’.

The former Chelsea coach had kicked off his tenure at Inter with a three-man defence, and was questioned before Inter’s Champions League showdown with Slavia Praha whether he would change his system.

But Conte reacted angrily and instead highlighted the importance of focusing on his side’s character.

He said: ‘As long as someone says something on TV, everyone goes after it. I’ve played in three Champions Leagues, but I always did so with new creations.

Antonio Conte warned Inter “must fight it out for every result” and should not underestimate the importance of defeating 10-man Udinese.

The Nerazzurri maintained their perfect start to the season with a third win out of three, but only a Stefano Sensi header allowed them to squeeze past Udinese after Rodrigo De Paul’s red card.

“We’ll have to fight it out for every result in every game in every situation,” the Coach told DAZN.

“I complimented my lads, because it was a very difficult match and these three points are important. We deserved them, but must also recognise Udinese did well to stay in the game to the end.

Lautaro Martinez Inter Milan Striker

Inter director of sport Piero Ausilio assures there is “absolutely no rush” to discuss improving Lautaro Martinez’s contract.

Argentina international Lautaro Martinez was rested on the bench against Udiense after his sensational hat-trick against Mexico, which caught the eye of Barcelona.

“We are happy with what Lautaro is doing, both for us and on international duty,” Ausilio told DAZN.

“The contract renewal is not a problem. He is very young and still has four years left on his current deal.

Stefano Sensi’s goal was the difference as Inter retained their 100 per cent record in Serie A by comfortably beating 10-man Udinese 1-0 on Alexis Sanchez’s debut at San Siro.

A nine-minute spell before half-time – during which Rodrigo de Paul was shown a red card for striking Antonio Candreva on the head following the intervention of VAR and Sensi nodded Inter ahead – proved decisive.

Romelu Lukaku endured a disappointing outing and made way for Lautaro Martinez in the 65th minute, before Sanchez replaced Matteo Politano, the Chile forward making his first appearance for the Nerazzurri against one of his former clubs.

Mercato Inter Milan

It was the best resolution that Inter could have hoped for. Former captain Mauro Icardi has been sent on season-long loan to Paris Saint-Germain, with the French side having the option to make the deal permanent next summer for a reported €70m.

Inter have wanted to move Icardi all summer, and for most of the transfer window it looked like he was going to Napoli or Juventus, Inter’s two big rivals for the Scudetto this season. Instead ship Icardi out of Serie A, where he cannot come back and haunt the club twice a year.

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku has called on football federations and social media companies to do more to tackle racism after he suffered abuse during Sunday’s Serie A game against Cagliari.

Lukaku endured monkey chants as he stepped up to the spot to take a penalty during Inter’s 2-1 victory at the Sardinia Arena.

The Belgium international responded by staring at the Cagliari supporters gathered behind the goal before celebrating with his team-mates after scoring the spot-kick.

In a post on his Instagram page on Monday, Lukaku criticised the football authorities and social media companies for not doing enough to tackle the issue.

Romelu Lukaku lead Inter to a second successive Serie A win on Sunday, despite being the victim of racial abuse from the Cagliari fans.

Lukaku scored his second goal of the season after arriving from Manchester United as Inter defeated Cagliari 2-1 on Sunday but the victory was soured by racist chants.

Monkey chants were directed at Lukaku as Inter’s club-record signing stepped up to convert a 72nd-minute penalty at the Sardegna Arena.

In a post on Instagram following the match, Lukaku highlighted that many players had been racially abused in the last month.

Conte and Icardi

Antonio Conte expects a “tough” trip to Radja Nainggolan’s Cagliari, but tells litigious Mauro Icardi that Inter “did everything the right way.”

The Nerazzurri got off to an ideal start, beating Lecce 4-0 with new buy Romelu Lukaku on target, but Alexis Sanchez has now joined from Manchester United too.

“Sanchez arrives with enthusiasm and the desire to work hard. He will come with us to Cagliari. He is very good at finishing and providing assists, even if he struggled at Manchester United.

Mauro Icardi’s lawyer insisted the legal action and €1.5m compensation claim is “not about money, because he wants to be an integral part of the Inter project.”

It has been confirmed that Icardi is suing Inter for ‘discriminatory behaviour’ and bullying in the workplace, as he has been excluded from training sessions with the team and Coach Antonio Conte.

The details are now known because the full document leaked online, including the request for €1.5m in damages (20 per cent of his gross salary).

icardi golden boot

There are growing reports this evening Mauro Icardi is suing Inter to be allowed back into training sessions, pending €1.5m in damages.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Icardi and wife/agent Wanda Nara have started legal action against the club. This was confirmed to several other sources by representatives at the club.

It is now open warfare between the player and Nerazzurri, a situation that started when he was stripped of the captaincy – for reasons that have never been confirmed or clarified in public – in February.