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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Luciano Spalletti 'strongly opposes' Ivan Perisic leaving Inter Milan amid Man United interest

Croatian midfielder is a reported transfer target for the Premier League club but his manager expects him to stay.

Ivan Perisic, left, in action against Chelsea during Inter Milan's pre-season tour match in Singapore. Roslan Rahman / AFP
Ivan Perisic, left, in action against Chelsea during Inter Milan's pre-season tour match in Singapore. Roslan Rahman / AFP

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has said the "conversation is over" regarding a potential move away from the San Siro for in-demand winger Ivan Perisic.

Croatian Perisic, 28, has been linked to Premier League club Manchester United this summer but Inter have taken him on their pre-season tours and appear unwilling to consider any sale.

Before Saturday's friendly against Chelsea in Singapore, Spalletti said he "strongly opposed" the prospect of Perisic leaving Inter in the transfer window.

"There has been no more significant contact in the last few weeks," he told inter.it. "So for me the conversation is over.

"The more days that go by, the more difficult it becomes for us to replace him and therefore I would strongly oppose his departure."

Former Wolfsburg player Perisic scored 11 Serie A goals for Inter last season.

* Press Association