Maximiliano Allegri has been lined up to replace Antonio Conte should the Inter Milan coach end up leaving this summer.
Conte helped Inter to a second-place finish in Serie A this season as they amassed over 80 points but he suggested his future at the club is far from clear after the season ended this weekend.
"It has been a tough year on a personal level, very tough," the former Juventus, Italy and Chelsea boss said. "I don’t think the players saw their work recognised, I don’t think I saw my work recognised and we all received very little protection from the club.
“We have to grow and improve in all areas, including off the field, and a big club should protect its players more. We’ll discuss it all at the end of the season, I have to meet the President and he’s in China right now."
Conte defended the work done by him and the players and attacked the owners, which could have consequences. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, it could even lead to a managerial change.
Inter are still involved in the Europa League and face Getafe this week, but ex-Juve boss Allegri has already emerged as a possible replacement for Conte next season. He previously replaced Conte at Juve in 2014.
Allegri has been out of work since leaving the Juve job in 2019 but is keen to return to coaching next season.