Spalletti backs his Roma replacement

Outgoing AS Roma manager Luciano Spalletti has approved Eusebio Di Francesco as his successor at the club.

The Giallorossi tallied more Serie A points under Spalletti than ever before, but it was still not enough for them to beat Juventus to the Scudetto.

Spalletti’s departure was confirmed on Tuesday, and he now looks bound for Inter Milan, with Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco touted as his replacement after Vincenzo Montella, Spalletti’s other recommendation for the job, signed a new deal with AC Milan.

"I hope one of Di Francesco or Montella is the next Roma coach, because they know the environment and they have the human qualities you need, as well as the coaching skills," he told reporters, according to Goal.

"As for myself, I am free to talk to who I want. I'll start tomorrow and if anyone wants to call me, then I'll listen to them."

Although he is on his way out, the former Zenit St Petersburg coach says that he always keeps an eye on the club.

"I never cut my ties with Roma completely, even when I was in Russia," he added. "I always kept tabs on the team's results and how they were doing.

"I think we can say we worked well. The main thing is that I leave a very strong Roma side, a team with some great players."