Antonio Conte convinced Bastoni to stay at the Nerazzurri. The Italian defender recently shared a revealing insight into his journey at Inter Milan. He highlighted his his initial desire to leave the club upon his arrival in 2019. Speaking on Andrea Ranocchia’s podcast the Italian defender disclosed that he contemplated departing when he first joined the Stadio Meazza. Despite arriving at Inter in a notable €31 million deal from Atalanta in 2018, Bastoni spent a season on loan at Parma before fully integrating into the Nerazzurri squad.
Reflecting on his early days, Bastoni expressed gratitude towards coach Antonio Conte for persuading him to remain at the club. Conte’s insistence played a pivotal role in his decision to stay, despite the competition for defensive positions. Under Conte’s management, Bastoni flourished, enjoying regular playing time and contributing significantly to the team’s successes. He reminisced about the challenges faced alongside his teammate Nicolò Barella, emphasizing their resilience and determination.
Conte convinced Bastoni to stay at the San Siro
With Conte’s departure and Simone Inzaghi assuming the managerial reins, Bastoni was happy with his seamless transition and the cohesive team dynamic that fostered under the new leadership. He credited senior players like Ranocchia, Marcelo Brozovic, and Samir Handanovic. Their their mentorship and influence on the younger members of the squad was commendable.
Looking ahead, Bastoni expressed contentment with his current situation at Inter, dispelling any notions of leaving the club. His contract extension until June 2028 reflects his commitment to the Nerazzurri’s future. Bastoni emphasized the sense of belonging he feels within the club, citing the passionate fan base and the unique bond shared with teammates.
The vibrant atmosphere at the San Siro, coupled with the bond among players, reinforces Bastoni’s conviction in his decision to remain at Inter. He highlighted the team’s promising blend of experienced and youthful talent, underscoring their collective ambition and potential for future success.