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Steve Nicol believes the manner in which Inter Milan have kept suitors away from Ivan Perisic is a model for other clubs to follow.
Inter Milan’s Luciano Spalletti denied there has been any ‘important contact’ by Man United in regards to Perisic.

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has said Manchester United target Ivan Perisic is “determined to stay.”

Croatia international Perisic has been linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer, but Inter have refused to budge from their £48.5 million valuation.

The 28-year-old has impressed in preseason and, Spalletti has made him a key part of his plans for the new campaign, told Sky Sport Italia: “Perisic is determined to stay.

“There was a moment [when he considered moving], but then he spoke like a footballer who is interested in doing the right thing for his professionalism and he drew a conclusion.”

However, Geoffrey Kondogbia appears set to move to Valencia and did not attend training at the weekend.

Spalletti said: “Of course it’s disappointing — he’s punished himself.

“We all know him well and, for what I have seen and heard, I don’t recognise this kind of behaviour coming from him.

“He wants to go to Valencia on loan, but he wants things too easy. He’s been ill-advised.

“We’ll consider allowing him to go, but I cannot afford to lose a player like him if I don’t have an equal replacement.”

Spalletti stressed that “if there aren’t the right conditions for Kondogbia to go, then he’s not going.”

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

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