Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij praises Conte for 'always winning'

Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij praises former boss Antonio Conte for ‘always winning’ but insists Simone Inzaghi has given the Serie A side a ‘solid base’ this season amid ‘Tottenham interest’ in the Dutchman

  • Antonio Conte left Inter Milan in summer after their first Serie A title in 10 years
  • The Italian manager returned to the Premier League to take charge at Tottenham
  • Inter centre back Stefan de Vrij said his former boss ‘has had a great career’
  • But the Dutchman also praised current manager Simone Inzaghi as ‘important’
  • De Vrij has been linked with a move to Spurs since Conte’s arrival at the club 

Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij has praised his former coach Antonio Conte, claiming he ‘has always won’. 

Conte left the San Siro at the end of last season after leading the club to their first Serie A title in 10 years. 

Inter currently sit four points clear at the top of the Italian top-flight again, while Conte has been battling to turn Tottenham’s season around since taking charge after Nuno Espirito Santo’s sacking. 

Defender Stefan de Vrij (left) has praised his former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte (right)

De Vrij hailed both his former manager and current Inter boss Simone Inzaghi as important coaches. 

‘Simone Inzaghi and Conte are two important coaches because they’ve won,’ De Vrij told DAZN, via Football Italia.

‘I had already worked with Inzaghi at Lazio, Conte has had a great career because he’s always won.

‘We won the title under Conte and you can see it now. Inzaghi has been working on a solid base and is doing an important season now.’

The Dutchman said current Inter boss Simone Inzaghi (right) has developed a solid base 

The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Tottenham since Conte’s appointment. 

De Vrij joined Inter on a free transfer from Lazio in the summer of 2018 and has as played 141 games with the Serie A giants, scoring eight goals. 

The Dutchman’s contract runs until June 2023 and the Italian side in no rush to extend his deal.

But Italian football expert Gianluca Di Marzio claimed, via The Express, that De Vrij and Inter team-mate Marcelo Brozovic are not on the radar for Spurs. 

De Vrij joined Inter on a free transfer from Lazio in 2018 and his contract runs until 2023

The pair are both 29 and Conte, along with Spurs director of football Fabio Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy, reportedly have decided to go with a more youthful approach in the transfer market. 

‘I don’t think that these kind of players will leave Inter Milan in January because they want to win the title,’ Di Marzio said.

‘Brozovic is talking to renew the contract, De Vrij is so important for Simone Inzaghi.

‘And then Tottenham and Antonio Conte, Fabio Paratici, Daniel Levy, they want young players.

‘Top players but young players.’

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