Coach Simone Inzaghi will be returning to the Stadio Olimpico next week for the first time since his move from Lazio to Inter.
As reported by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the 45-year-old Italian coach has not returned to the Olimpico since his move to the Nerazzurri four months ago. It will be an emotional afternoon for the coach, who spent five years in charge of the Biancocelesti.
After the end of the season, it only seemed like a matter of time until Inzaghi signed his contract renewal with Lazio, with a rough proposal essentially being reached: a three-year renewal with a salary of €2.6 million plus add-ons.
Inter were keen to hire Inzaghi as the replacement for Antonio Conte, following his departure from the Nerazzurri on 25th May, forcing the 45-year-old Italian coach to choose between his beloved Lazio or a new challenge in Milan.
Inzaghi was not happy to hear that there was a meeting between president Claudio Lotito and Gennaro Gattuso, and it was something that played on his mind a little.
The appointment to discuss the contract renewal was set for Wednesday 26th May at Villa San Sebastiano. The meeting, which included sporting director Igli Tare, continued until late at night in Formello, but crucially only Lotito had put pen to paper, with Inzaghi still remaining a little hesitant.
That night, Inzaghi couldn’t sleep at home and he knew in his heart that it was time to leave Rome.
The next morning at 9:30 am the Biancocelesti were expecting him in Formello to sign the contract, but instead, he phoned Lotito to ask for another meeting, where he explained his reasons and confirmed his decision to join Inter.