Football: Inter Milan to have new coach Luciano Spalletti ahead of ICC Singapore

Italian coach Luciano Spalletti is set to take the reins at Serie A club Inter Milan.
Italian coach Luciano Spalletti is set to take the reins at Serie A club Inter Milan.PHOTO: REUTERS

MILAN (REUTERS) - Luciano Spalletti said on Tuesday he was happy to be the new coach of Inter Milan as he prepared to fly out to China to finalise a deal with the club's owners.

Spalletti led AS Roma to second place in Serie A this season but left last week after deciding not to renew his contract.

Since then, he had been widely expected to take over at Inter Milan, who finished the season in seventh and missing out on European football.

Former coach Stefano Pioli was sacked three games before the end of a turbulent Serie A campaign which first saw Roberto Mancini resign two weeks before the start of last season, and his replacement Frank de Boer fired after 85 days, with Inter finishing the season under interim coach Stefano Vecchi.

"It's all done because we've shaken hands," he told reporters at Milan airport.

"I'm one of those old fashioned types who does things with a shake of the hand. I'm happy to be the new coach of Inter."

Inter have been under Chinese ownership since June last year when electronics retailer Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd bought a nearly 70 per cent share for €270 million (S$419 million).

There was no official comment from the club on Tuesday.

Inter will be visiting Singapore to play at the International Champions Cup (ICC) from July 25-29 at the National Stadium against Bayern Munich and Chelsea.