By Oladipupo Mojeed
Serie A side, Inter Milan have announced the appointment of former Roma boss, Luciano Spalletti as their new first-team coach.
Spalletti led Gialorrosi to the runners-up spot in 2016-17 before leaving on 30 May after 16 months in charge.
The 58-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Inter, who sacked Stefano Piolo on 9 May.
An Inter statement said Spalletti will take first-team training from 3 July with the three-time champions of Europe.
Inter’s ambitious Chinese owners, the Suning Group, are keen to restore the club’s fortunes. They missed out on a place in Europe after finishing seventh in the season just finished, 29 points behind champions Juventus.
They missed out on a place in Europe after finishing seventh in the season just finished, 29 points behind champions Juventus.
Last month, Inter Milan refused to comment on reports they were planning to offer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte a deal to replace Pioli.
Speaking on his appointment, Spalleti stated that he is delighted to be joining the Inter family.
“I am delighted to be part of this family that is Inter.
“Obviousely, we have the weight of expectation of million of fans, but we must use that as energy to propel us forward.
He admitted the task ahead of the new season will be enormous, but will have to be professional.
“Considering the period our club has gone through, we clearly have to improve”, Spalleti said on Inter TV.
“We must turn results around and get them back to what the club used to.
“Our sense of belonging is crucial as of course is being able to put together a great team, because we have all seen how good some of the other teams in Italy are.
Understanding how determined the owners to make the club great again, Spalleti said work has already started with the management.
“We will now start putting together our squad for next season.
“You have to be very frank and get everything out in the open because we want to make sure we do things properly.