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Luciano Spalletti remains calm on Inter Milan future

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Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti is keeping his cool on his future, despite the growing rumours linking Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte to his job.

The former AS Roma coach enjoyed a respectable debut campaign in charge of Inter last term. He ended a six-season absence from the Champions League by leading the club to a fourth-place finish in the Serie A.

This time around, Inter are seemingly on course for yet another top-four finish as they sit third ahead of the final four games of the season.

Yet, the Nerazzurri had invested a total of €87.60m last summer to recruit the likes of Radja Nainggolan, Lautaro Martínez and Andrew Gravillon.

However, a Champions League group stage exit was followed up by a Coppa Italia quarter-final defeat to Lazio.

And hopes of a first trophy in nearly a decade ended in the last-16 stage of the Europa League, where Inter lost 1-0 on aggregate to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Therefore, former Chelsea managers Conte and Mourinho, who led Inter to a historic treble during the 2009/10 season, have been touted as potential replacements for Spalletti.

“It’s not a problem, the club will decide,” said the Italian on his future, via Goal.

“I’d gladly remain at Inter for 100 years, but it’s only right that Inter choose what is best for the club. If that means wiping out my work, that doesn’t matter.

“Inter have the people who know how to decide and above all defend Inter.”

The 60-year-old felt victory was possible as Inter drew 1-1 with Juventus in the Derby d’Italia on Saturday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo rose to the occasion by cancelling out Nainggolan’s early opener for his 600th club career goal.

“We had control of the match in the first half and were dangerous in many situations, but scoring a goal is never easy, so we had to maintain that level of quality in our passing,” Spalletti said.

“After the break, we didn’t manage to do that. Juve were more aggressive and we had less quality, giving the ball away a little too often. As soon as they got a tiny bit of space, they put it back on track.

“Both teams tried to win and it was an entertaining match. Defending isn’t really our strength and controlling a lead can create risky situations, so we should always press and go forward. We could (have) and should’ve taken the win home, yet we risked losing it at the end, so we still lack maturity and balance.

“I think it was a good game and we are in a period of time where the team has realised it possesses certain characteristics and capabilities, putting our plans into practice.”

MILAN, ITALY – APRIL 27: Radja Nainggolan of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 27, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)