Inter Milan endured another day of frustration as Sinisa Mihajlovic reiterated that he would not leave Fiorentina to move to the San Siro.
Eight days have passed since Inter president Massimo Moratti revealed that current coach Leonardo could leave the club to become sporting director at Paris St Germain this summer, and the Nerazzurri have yet to announce who will guide the team next season.
Inter had hoped to lure former Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa but the Argentinian turned down the offer for personal reasons. Moratti suffered a further setback on Thursday when Mihajlovic, another candidate to succeed Leonardo, announced he will remain in charge of Fiorentina.
Mihajlovic said: "Inter's entourage has contacted me but I have spoken to [Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo] Corvino telling him that I want to remain in Florence for many reasons.
"The club has treated me well and everyone that works and plays in this club are serious and motivated. Everything is perfect in Florence for me and for my family.
"There are values here that I agree with, such as loyalty towards our project. Perhaps some people would be disappointed with my decision but I am happy to remain in Florence and I hope to stay here for many years to come.
"I hope that after two statements and a press conference, I have made my position clear."
Mihajlovic, a former Inter player, had been an assistant to Roberto Mancini at the San Siro from 2006 until 2008.