Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is set to hold talks with the club over his future after a dramatic 3-2 defeat to Sevilla who grabbed their record sixth title.
The defeat means Inter’s ‘trophyless’ season has stretched into the 10th year and whether Conte will be available to end the drought next season remains in doubt as there are disagreements among the Club’s board.
“We’re going to meet next week with the club and we’ll decide about my future,” Conte told reporters after the final.
“I’m not sure that I’ll be the Inter manager next season, we’ll decide together. Inter will plan the future with or without me.
“There is no rancour, from me nor the club. There are people I already worked with, so that’s not the issue. It’s about points of view, some situations that I faced this year and didn’t like, with all due respect for everyone.
“We’ll clarify the situation, without rancour, because I will always be grateful for having the chance to spend a great year at Inter.
“On the one hand it was also very tough, but if you think I will step back, I won’t. We’ll take a few days off and then meet [with the president] with cool heads.”
On the contrary, there is a great jubilation on that Sevilla camp, most especially for Julen Lopetegui, who earned the first trophy of his tumultuous managerial career.
“You have to know how to cope with difficult moments and overcome them,” Lopetegui said. “This is a feeling of immense happiness.
“I’m so grateful to our players for how hard they worked. Our anthem says we never give up and tonight we proved that again.”
“This is a magnificent club. I hope all the fans can celebrate it but with caution. This squad are great. They believe in it, what they work on and what they transmit.
“Even if we hadn’t won, I’d still love these guys, but today we take home the prize. We always believed.”
The 53-year-old former Spain and Real Madrid manager led Sevilla to a record 21-game unbeaten run which culminated to being deservedly crowned Europa League champions for the 2019/2020 season.