Luciano Spalletti has given the Inter Milan fans some insight into his first meeting with the club’s Chinese owner while also hinting at a swoop for his former club’s star player.
Spalletti, who departed the Italian capital after a season and a half in charge of AS Roma, recently returned from a trip to China where he met with the Nerazzurri’s new owner, Zhang Jindong to discuss how he intends to reclaim the Serie A’s top position from high-flying Juventus.
“They were important days,” Spalletti told Telelombardia of the time he spent in Asia.
“I got to know a charismatic person like Zhang Jindong, who knows what he wants. His intention is to revive the great history of the club,” he continued.
“It was important for him to get to know the person he was handing the team to. You are making it seem like a negative, but that’s not the case. It’s a fascinating challenge.
“I spoke to Piero Ausilio and Walter Sabatini about the transfer market and I will do so continually, day after day. We have started work on the squad, because there isn’t much time to sort things out.
“In making this journey, I also realised Inter fans are in every corner of the world and for this we must show them the light of this club, making them feel close to the team. A sense of belonging is fundamental.”
When asked whether he is considering bringing Roma’s midfield star Radja Nainggolan with him to the San Siro, the 58-year old gave an enigmatic answer.
“I’ll think about it,” he said.
The flamboyant Nainggolan, who has been the subject of numerous transfer rumours over the last two years, is said to be a target for Manchester United; speculation that the player himself hinted at in a recent interview with Sky Sports.