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Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti

Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti has once again hit out at sections of the Italian press over reports that Antonio Conte is set to replace him at the Serie A club.

In his pre-match conference ahead of Monday night’s 2-0 win over Chievo, Spalletti accused someone at Inter of leaking stories to the press about his future.

With the win over Chievo, Champions League qualification for a second successive season now looks likely, but despite that, Spalletti’s future at San Siro still remains uncertain according to press speculation.

Former Juventus, Italy and Chelsea coach Conte has been heavily linked with taking over at Inter, much to Spalletti’s chagrin.

Inter ended a three-match winless run to take a big step towards Champions League qualification with a 2-0 win over Chievo in Serie A.

Already-relegated Chievo had not beaten Inter at San Siro in 15 attempts heading into Monday’s encounter, and they never looked likely to end that streak once Matteo Politano scored in the 39th minute.

Politano’s effort was just reward for a dominant performance from Luciano Spalletti’s side, though their fans were frustrated by wasteful finishing from Ivan Perisic and some fine saves from Adrian Semper.

Gazzetta dello Sport have drawn up all of the permutations for Inter to secure Champions League qualification for the second consecutive season.

Inter are in control of their own destiny, with 68 points needed to secure qualification. That is six points from the remaining three matches against Chievo, Napoli and Empoli.

That is what makes tonights match at home to Chievo so important. A win and the pressure is off ahead of the trip to Naples next weekend.

Inter are in the middle of as desperate race for a top four position, but that has not stopped Beppe Marotta or Suning from potentially destabilizing that Champions League race by looking to fire Luciano Spalletti and replacing him with former Juventus boss Antonio Conte.

I am not the biggest Spalletti fan, but Inter insiders continue to make life difficult for the Inter boss by this consistent leaking to the press.

The latest is that Inter have had an agreement in place with Antonio Conte, that will pay the former Chelsea boss €9m a year plus bonuses.

Wanda Nara insists she is ‘tired’ of saying Mauro Icardi will stay at Inter but reveals the striker and Cristiano Ronaldo ‘can play together’.

Icardi’s future remains the subject of Press speculation, the latest of which links Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku with Inter if Antonio Conte becomes Coach.

However, Wanda told Tiki Taka: “I’m tired of repeating that he wants to stay at Inter.

“I’ll turn my phone off on the first day of the transfer window. There have been offers, but Icardi’s staying at Inter. That’s it.

Mauro Icardi is expected to get the nod up front for Inter against Chievo in Serie A this evening. Icardi has not scored in his last five games for Inter, but he should win the toss-up with Lautaro Martinez as the lone striker.

Elsewhere, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Marcelo Brozovic are suspended so Cedric Soares and Matias Vecino are likely to slot straight in.

Chievo, meanwhile, are only playing for pride after their relegation to Serie B.

Sergio Pellissier will retire at the end of the season, but the Flying Donkeys’ long-serving captain looks set to sit out at San Siro.

Luciano Spalletti referenced “Robert Redford reasons” with regards to reports on his Inter future and Antonio Conte, hinting at a Deep Throat-style leaker.

The newspapers have been full of stories over the last few days, suggesting Conte has already agreed terms with the Nerazzurri for next season, even though Spalletti is under contract.

“There are so many rumours that I don’t know which ones you are referring to,” shrugged Spalletti in his Press conference.

“If such important newspapers have been writing for months that I will no longer be here it’s because they have their own Robert Redford reasons. It won’t move our objectives by an inch.”

Milan Skriniar has reportedly agreed a new contract with Inter until June 2023, worth €3m per season plus bonuses.

The deal should silence transfer speculation around the Slovakia international centre-back, even though it only adds one more year to his current agreement.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Mediaset and more, the 23-year-old will earn €3m plus bonuses per season initially, with the figure set to increase every year.

Inter paid €28m to sign Skriniar from Sampdoria in the summer of 2017 and the 24-year-old defender has developed into one of the best central defenders in Europe.

Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is set to miss huge Serie A games against AS Roma and Juventus in the coming weeks due to a thigh injury.

The 26-year-old was forced off after only 23 minutes during the Nerazzurri’s goalless draw with Atlanta at the weekend, with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

From Inter’s post on their website, Brozovic picked up a thigh injury:

Marcelo Brozovic has undergone an MRI scan at the Humanitas hospital in Rozzano after going off injured during the first half of Inter vs. Atalanta. The results show that he has damaged the semitendinosus muscle in his right thigh, with the Croatian midfielder now set to be reassessed next week.

According to reports in England, Antonio Conte is willing to take over the reins at Inter Milan if they make him the highest paid manager in the Serie A.

Inter president Steven Zhang has reportedly told general manager Beppe Marotta to sign Conte regardless of the cost, and that price tag will be huge.

Conte is said to be not fully convinced about Suning’s Inter project, especially with the gap between Inter and Juventus being 27 points at the moment.