Soccer-Conte says he departs champions Inter back where they belong

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Crotone v Inter Milan - Stadio Ezio Scida, Crotone, Italy - May 1, 2021 Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte REUTERS/Ciro De Luca/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Antonio Conte has spoken out for the first time since terminating his Inter Milan contract, thanking players, staff and fans for their efforts in bringing the club back to where it belongs by winning the Serie A title.

Conte led Inter to their first league crown in 11 years this season, but mutually agreed to end his contract one year early on Wednesday amid reports that he was unhappy with plans to cut costs and sell players due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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