Massimo Moratti has denied reports Inter Milan have targeted Laurent Blanc to become their new coach.
Inter chief claims appointment close - but it won't be France coach
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has denied reports he has targeted France coach Laurent Blanc to become their new manager.
The Italian giants are looking for a new coach this summer with Leonardo expected to take up a sporting director's position at Paris St Germain.
In recent days Blanc has been strongly linked with the Nerazzurri hotseat.
But Moratti believes the former Inter defender, 45, would not be open to leaving the France job just a year after taking charge.
"Blanc coaches the French national team so we would have problems being able to approach him," he told the club's official website
"I believe he is enjoying that experience and wants to continue to do so.
"Therefore we have not contacted him and I don't think it is the right time to do so."
Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa has already turned down the Inter job due to personal reasons while reported target Sinisa Mihajlovic has insisted he will remain with Fiorentina for another season.
However, asked if the coaching situation would be clear by the end of the week, Moratti said: "Yes, I believe so."