Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte intends to sue La Repubblica over their report linking him with Juventus.
La Repubblica journalist Franco Vanni reported that former Chelsea boss Conte has been in contact with people from his former club.
Conte had apparently sounded out the possibility of returning to Juventus this summer, having asked players and managers about the future of Maurizio Sarri.
According to Vanni, Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici were happy to welcome Conte back last summer, however it was the club ownership who blocked the move.
“I categorically deny having spoken to Juventus managers and players, asking if they will fire Maurizio Sarri.
“Regarding the article published on Repubblica.it today,” Conte told news agency ANSA. “I categorically deny having spoken to Juventus managers and players asking, ‘but will they fire Sarri?’.
Voleva andare a Torino un anno fa. Nevded e Paratici erano d’accordo, non la proprietà. Ora ci sta riprovando, ma il veto sul suo nome resta
— franco vanni (@franvanni) August 3, 2020
“I will sue who wrote this article and the editor in charge of the newspaper.
“I committed to a three-year project at Inter and as I have always done, I will work hard and fight with all my strength and with all that is in my possibilities to create a successful project.”
Conte was sacked by Chelsea in July 2018 after two years at the helm, and was later replaced by Sarri.
Former Italy midfielder Conte steered Chelsea to the 2017 Premier League title but was dismissed a year later with 12 months left on his contract as the Blues finished fifth and failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Conte also led Chelsea to victory in the 2018 FA Cup, with a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the final.
The Italian took up the role of Inter head coach in May 2019 and guided Inter to a second-placed finish behind Juventus.