Luciano Spalletti does not know if he will leave Inter, though the Italian is "calm" as Antonio Conte continues to be linked with the Serie A side.

Spalletti delivered Champions League qualification for the second successive season thanks to Sunday's 2-1 win over Empoli, however, his future is far from certain.

According to mounting reports, former Juventus and Chelsea boss Conte is poised to replace Spalletti in Milan next season.

Speaking post-match, Spalletti told reporters: "I wasn't surprised, we had a good game.

"There was so much tension and pressure in getting to this game. This stadium is used to victories and connects everything to memories of the past, but tonight we had to suffer and we put in heart.

"I'm sorry for Empoli, I have ties and friends there. They certainly deserved to stay up, but we also deserved to reach the Champions League.

"When decisions are made, everyone reacts in their own way. Problems come when situations leave you hanging on, not when you face them.

"I don't know if I'll leave Inter. Conte was called into question at Juve after the game against Ajax [in the Champions League]."

When reminded Serie A champions Juventus had parted with coach Massimiliano Allegri, despite both parties insisting a change would not be made, Spalletti added: "But [Juve president Andrea] Agnelli said at a press conference the next day that he wouldn't touch anything and then made a change.

"For me, you can learn from that behaviour. But I'm in the perfect role that I want to be in and I'm behaving the way I want to. I'm calm."

Gennaro Gattuso will consider his future as he has been left "in pieces" after a gruelling Serie A campaign that saw AC Milan narrowly miss out on Champions League qualification.

Milan ended their season with a 3-2 victory at SPAL but it was not enough to leapfrog rivals Inter or Atalanta – the Rossoneri falling just a point short in their pursuit of Champions League football.

Gattuso's future has been the subject of widespread speculation throughout the season and the Milan great – who was appointed head coach in 2017 – is eager for feedback from the club.

"I thank the team. Finishing on 68 points gives me pride, even if it hurts that we didn't qualify for the Champions League," Gattuso told DAZN. "A coach's work must be evaluated by the club and the experts. I will meet the club and we'll talk. I want to hear what they think of my work.

"We made mistakes during the season and, from now on, must make as few as possible, but I believe this was a positive year.

"The biggest regret is that we didn't keep up the same levels of consistency over the past 3-4 months. We went through too many bad periods.

"I don't agree when I hear people say that my players have grown. Many of them have played well below the levels of their capability, but we're still a team who have quality and potential. I don't know if we can improve on the 68 points we've earned this season. It'll be difficult.

"I feel I have too much history with this club, I felt more pressure than I probably should have. I've barely slept in the past 18 months, mentally I'm in pieces and that is something I must consider."

Meanwhile, Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis released a statement post-match that read: "Despite tonight's win, we are disappointed to have fallen short of UEFA Champions League qualification.

"The team fought hard to the very end and I want to thank each and every one of them for all of their remarkable efforts this season, having overcome several injuries and other setbacks along the way.

"We actually finished the season with the highest points in the league since 2012-13. We now look forward to playing in the UEFA Europa League for the third year in a row, and I'm confident the team will continue to grow and achieve success.

"I've been sincerely impressed by the extraordinary support from all our fans throughout the season. They've been consistently positive and upbeat, even in our darkest moments, lifting us each and every time. I want to thank them all.

"We shall dedicate the next few days to analysing the whole season and decide the next steps for the growth of our club."

Massimiliano Allegri insists he has no issues with taking a year out from football if the right opportunity does not present itself following his Juventus exit.

Allegri's last game in charge of Juventus ended in a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sampdoria on Sunday courtesy of late goals from Gregoire Defrel and Gianluca Caprari.

The 51-year-old head coach has been linked with a number of jobs around Europe – including Chelsea and Bayern Munich – but Allegri said he will not rush into his next move and is prepared to wait for as long as it takes to find the perfect role.

"When there is an opportunity, I will return to the bench, otherwise I will take a year off," he told DAZN after the defeat to Sampdoria.  

"If I have the opportunity to choose, I will choose a team that I like. Concrete offers? Still no. Talking about the future now makes no sense."

Allegri has won Serie A in each of his five seasons at the Allianz Arena and believes his successor will inherit a team significantly stronger than any other in Italy.

"Whoever arrives will find a team clearly stronger than the others," he added. "There is a 90 per cent chance of winning the league again."

Allegri has been given a warm send-off by Juve supporters since the decision was announced last week and he is pleased to be leaving the Italian giants on positive terms.

"At the stadium they were all affectionate; on social networks some hide," he said. "I am a detached person, but the affection has had a beautiful effect and I'm glad I leave with good memories."

There were plenty of tears as Daniele De Rossi said farewell to Roma after 19 years with his hometown club.

Serie A giants Roma opted not to renew De Rossi's contract and Sunday's 2-1 season-ending victory over Parma was a goodbye for the 35-year-old midfield icon.

Tears were flowing in the Stadio Olimpico stands and on the pitch in the Italian capital, where De Rossi – a two-time Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana winner – made his 616th and final Roma appearance.

De Rossi wore the captain's armband and was substituted inside the last 10 minutes to a standing ovation before Diego Perotti's late winner secured sixth position and a Europa League berth.

After the match, De Rossi embraced all of his team-mates and outgoing head coach Claudio Ranieri – who will also leave Roma having returned following Eusebio Di Francesco's sacking in March.

Former Italy international and 2006 World Cup winner De Rossi then embarked on an emotional lap of honour with his family to salute the tearful Roma fans.

Atalanta came from behind to beat Sassuolo and qualify for the Champions League for the first time, with Inter joining them after a win that relegated Empoli from Serie A on Sunday.

Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi threw a spanner in the works for Atalanta when he struck a 19th-minute opener in Bergamo but Duvan Zapata bundled home his 23rd goal of the season to restore parity.

Sassuolo were reduced to 10 men at half-time when Berardi objected to Marten de Roon's reaction after touching foreheads with Francesco Magnanelli and was shown a red card.

Alejandro Gomez put Atalanta back in front eight minutes into the second half and substitute Mario Pasalic put the result beyond doubt after the hour mark, with Magnanelli dismissed for a second yellow late on.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side finished third and were joined in the top four by Inter, who defeated Empoli 2-1 thanks to Radja Nainggolan's 81st-minute strike.

Hamed Junior Traore cancelled out Keita Balde Diao's opener after Mauro Icardi saw a penalty saved by the impressive Bartlomiej Dragowski, but Nainggolan scored the goal that denied rivals AC Milan a place in the top four.

Keita was given a second booking for a foul on the backtracking Dragowski, who went up for a corner, as Marcelo Brozovic scored from close to the halfway line following a video review, while Empoli's back-up keeper Filippo Perucchini was dismissed from the bench for his remonstrations.

That result and Genoa's 0-0 draw at Fiorentina sent Empoli straight back down to Serie B, while Milan were consigned to the Europa League for the third straight season despite a 3-2 win at SPAL.

Franck Kessie set up the opener for Hakan Calhanoglu and then struck a double, the second of which came from the spot after Francesco Vicari and Mohamed Fares wiped out the Rossoneri's two-goal lead.

Roma beat Parma 2-1 in Daniele De Rossi's final match but had to settle for sixth, with all of their top-four rivals also triumphing.

Inter secured their place in next season's Champions League and condemned Empoli to relegation as Radja Nainggolan's late goal sealed a 2-1 win in a dramatic game on the final day of the Serie A season.

Luciano Spalletti – whose position continues to be the subject of intense scrutiny – said earlier in the week that he wanted his players to treat the game as a "cup final" and they duly responded in the early stages, with only the brilliance of Empoli goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski preventing them from putting the game to bed before half-time.

Keita Balde Diao's introduction at the interval proved a masterstroke as the 24-year-old superbly whipped past Dragowski from outside the penalty area to open the scoring. 

Empoli took full advantage of Mauro Icardi's penalty miss soon after, though, to level in the 76th minute through Hamed Junior Traore.

However, Nainggolan slotted home nine minutes from time and a hectic finish saw Inter defender Danilo D'Ambrosio clear against his own crossbar before Marcelo Brozovic had a goal ruled out by VAR after Keita fouled Dragowski – rushing back to his own goal from a corner – to earn the forward a second yellow and consequent red card.

Inter finish a point above city rivals AC Milan in fourth, while Empoli make an immediate return to Serie B after Genoa's 0-0 draw away at Fiorentina.

AC Milan will spend a sixth season outside the Champions League despite completing their Serie A campaign with a Franck Kessie-inspired 3-2 win at SPAL on Sunday.

The Ivory Coast international scored twice after setting up Hakan Calhanoglu's opener but victories for Atalanta and Inter, who scored in the 81st minute to overcome Empoli 2-1, forced the Rossoneri to settle for fifth and a place in the Europa League.

It had appeared as though the visitors would leave Stadio Paolo Mazza without holding up their end of the bargain after Francesco Vicari and Mohamed Fares erased a two-goal deficit.

Kessie's 66th-minute penalty ensured that would not be the case, but Gennaro Gattuso enters the off-season on shaky ground.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was forced off in the first half of Champions League-chasing AC Milan's final match of the Serie A season against SPAL.

The Rossoneri goalkeeper appeared to sustain a muscular injury when kicking the ball and ended up hobbling off in the 21st minute.

Experienced deputy Pepe Reina replaced Donnarumma to make just his fourth league appearance of 2018-19.

Milan were hoping to pip either Atlanta or Inter to a place in the top four, while Roma also remained in contention.

Juventus have not spoken to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola about replacing Massimiliano Allegri, insists the club's sporting director Fabio Paratici.

Italian news agency AGI claimed on Thursday that Juve had reached an agreement with Guardiola for him to succeed the outgoing Allegri as head coach.

According to the outlet, the Catalan was set to sign a four-year deal worth €24million per season with the Bianconeri on June 4 and be presented to the media 10 days later.

City Football Group executive Alberto Galassi dismissed the claims as "a load of nonsense" and now Paratici has expressed his bemusement at the reports, describing them as "strange".

"I think we live in a strange world," he told DAZN.

"We didn't have any contact. We never even thought about it because [Guardiola] is under contract. For a thousand reasons, it all seems very strange to me."

A host of names, including Mauricio Pochettino and Maurizio Sarri, have been linked with the job but Paratici says Juventus will not be rushed into a decision.

"We have clear ideas," he added. "We have already said it; we are doing our evaluations and there are still many competitions in progress. Until all the competitions end, it seems to me right, out of respect for everyone to remain in this situation."

Paratici added that Juve are in no hurry to sign new players and are happy to wait until the new man is in place before entering the transfer market.

"We will act according to what the new coach's directives will be," he explained. Before we move on, we will wait, very calmly. We try to improve every year."

Juventus failed to give Massimiliano Allegri a winning send-off as late goals from Gregoire Defrel and Gianluca Caprari secured a 2-0 win for Sampdoria on Sunday.

The Old Lady have made a habit of winning under Allegri during his five years in charge, lifting five successive league titles, though they fell short of those standards in Genoa and dropped points for a fifth Serie A game on the bounce.

There was a distinct end-of-season feel to the majority of the first half, with excitement lacking and clear-cut chances at a premium.

Proceedings picked up at the start of the second period, with Juve going close three times and having a Moise Kean goal disallowed, but Sampdoria's more clinical finishing saw them claim victory.

Defrel opened the scoring six minutes from time and Caprari's gorgeous free-kick allowed Samp to finish the season in style.

Gian Piero Gasperini admits it would be a "huge disappointment" if Atalanta failed to qualify for the Champions League, despite surpassing all expectations this season.

Atalanta are third in Serie A going into Sunday's final round of matches, meaning victory against Sassuolo would secure a place in Europe's elite club competition next season.

But Gasperini's men could be caught by both Inter - in the final Champions League spot - and fifth-placed AC Milan, leaving the coach wary of a setback.

Atalanta lost the Coppa Italia final to Lazio earlier this month and Gasperini does not want a repeat.

"I must admit, if we don't make it into the Champions League now, it'll be a huge disappointment," he told a news conference. "Losing the Coppa Italia final was hard to swallow, too.

"It all depends on us. We won't have to listen for news from other stadiums if we do our job. Our fate is in our own hands and we could even finish third.

"Just fourth seemed almost impossible, so imagine third!"

Atalanta have scored more goals than any other side in Serie A this season, with Gasperini earning plaudits for their thrilling style of play.

But the coach is keen to deflect any praise on to his players, adding: "They have been extraordinary and all the compliments I have received should be passed on to them.

"We've been very consistent with both results and performances. We picked up a lot of points and scored a lot of goals.

"People say we are entertaining to watch, but ultimately the results are what matter. We've beaten bigger clubs and it felt like a constant fightback because we started so badly [winning one of their first eight matches].

"This is certainly a side with quality, as we scored 100 goals in all competitions."

Inter host Empoli on Sunday, while Milan go to SPAL.

Gennaro Gattuso claims AC Milan have outperformed more fancied teams this season and that Champions League qualification is not a condition of his employment.

Milan visit SPAL in their final Serie A fixture on Sunday knowing victory is essential to their hopes of sneaking into the top four.

Third-placed Atalanta and city rivals Inter both take a point advantage into winnable home matches against Sassuolo and Empoli respectively.

Gattuso has already guided the Rossoneri to their best points haul since the 2012-13 season and, having never fielded Champions League demands from the powers above, already views the campaign as one of positive progress.

"Apart from Atalanta, who are enjoying a sporting miracle, we're ahead of more highly rated teams," Gattuso told a pre-match news conference.

"I was never asked to reach the Champions League in an obligatory manner, but rather to try, and we're fighting for it right until the final day.

"We're just missing the cherry on the cake. It's been an important campaign. My players deserve a big hug and a lot of respect.

"We'll take stock of everything next week but, for now, we're only focused on SPAL. First, we must do our duty and then we'll see."

Gattuso, whose contract runs through to 2021, is coming to the end of his first full season in charge and speculation continues to cloud his future at San Siro.

The former Italy midfielder hopes to continue in his "dream" job, adding: "Taking charge of this team was an honour and I would do it all again.

"I'm not one to make calculations, I'm spontaneous and I prefer it that way.

"There have been some stressful months since taking over at Milan, but I think I've improved a lot in terms of character.

"Perhaps I've committed some technical and tactical mistakes and I'll look to correct them. I was the first to raise the bar and we've done so. It's not been a negative season."

Luciano Spalletti referred to Inter's last day Serie A clash with Empoli as a "cup final" but insisted his players are prepared to deal with the pressure.

The Nerazzurri come into the 38th round of league fixtures in fourth place and primed for Champions League qualification, yet they are just a point ahead of rivals AC Milan.

Victory is therefore required at San Siro if Inter are to be sure of a seat at Europe's top table next season, although Spalletti's men have been here before.

Last season they won 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico on the final day to leapfrog opponents Lazio and finish fourth.

"There are similarities [to last season] because the match has the same importance," Spalletti told reporters at a pre-match news conference.

"This fixture is essentially a knockout game, a cup final, a crucial match, and clearly it becomes the key event of the season. It's all about getting the result that you need.

"But we are used to the importance of this match because we work in this industry. It appeared when I used to coach Roma that we played in six finals against Inter, so these situations do tend to crop up on a regular basis.

"I think the team has learned lessons from the last two seasons in terms of the matches that we played. That will help us to prepare for tomorrow night."

It was pointed out to Spalletti that Inter have not fared well in such must-win matches this season, slipping up at home to PSV in the Champions League and Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

But he responded: "I am well aware of that. But there are a number of matches in which we played very well.

"I therefore expect my players to be prepared for moments like this, to show all of the different component parts that they need and that they have displayed in a number of different fixtures.

"My players and I feel very good because once again we have the target of qualifying for a second straight Champions League within touching distance.

"We are focused on what we have to do. Our eyes on the prize, as opposed to what you have reminded us of - namely, the matches we didn't perform well in."

Spalletti is reportedly set to be replaced by Antonio Conte, while several Inter players are also said to be nearing exits in the close season.

But the coach backed the Nerazzurri to prove their worth, adding: "I think an awful lot of players deserve to remain at the club and you will see that tomorrow night."

Massimiliano Allegri kept his final pre-match news conference as Juventus coach short and sweet, but did reveal that Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested against Sampdoria.

Bianconeri coach Allegri will depart the Allianz Stadium at the end of the season after five hugely successful years in charge, during which time Juve won five Serie A titles and reached two Champions League finals.

Allegri's last match is against Sampdoria on the final day of the league season on Sunday, but the 51-year-old, who has already discussed his exit at length, saw no need for an extended meeting with the media.

"There is nothing to talk about," he said. "I am here to greet you, give you the team and go."

Star striker Ronaldo has been included in Portugal's squad for the Nations League Finals next month and Allegri said it was important for the former Real Madrid man to rest.

However, it does mean he cannot finish as Serie A's top scorer as he is already five goals behind current leading marksman Fabio Quagliarella.

Moise Kean - reportedly set for a new deal - and Paulo Dybala, who insisted this week that he wants to stay in Turin, will instead start up front.

Meanwhile, Wojciech Szczesny is being assessed for a knee injury and will miss out.

Allegri named Matheus Pereira in his XI but added that Leonardo Spinazzola will instead start if he is available on Sunday.

The departing coach, who was sporting a new-look shaven head, added: "Let's go for a good game and finish in style against a team that have a great season - we must also acknowledge [Sampdoria coach Marco] Giampaolo for his work.

"Then we go to the beach and get some sun. I have been told to take my sun cream, protection 50."

He told the media: "I thank you all. Now we say goodbye and I will make a toast together with you all at the end of the season."

Claudio Ranieri said he is happy to pay a fine if departing captain Daniele De Rossi wears a special armband in his farewell match.

De Rossi will leave Roma following their Serie A finale against Parma on Sunday – ending a 19-year association with his hometown team.

Roma opted not to renew the 35-year-old's contract and caretaker head coach Ranieri is braced for an emotional game at Stadio Olimpico.

"De Rossi will play from the first minute with his armband," Ranieri told reporters during his news conference. "He deserves a standing ovation from the entire Olimpico. It must be a party, he has to have a great game.

"I hope there's an atmosphere that Daniele deserves. I want to see the stadium filled with love for Daniele. It must be a party for him, for what he did for Roma and how he did it.

"For me, what makes Daniele special is how he manages to convey the passion he has for his shirt through his game.

"I believe that leaving was a bolt from the blue for him. I don't know if he'll wear a special armband, but I'm happy to pay the fine.

"I'm glad there's a party for Daniele. I'll leave Roma with an open heart, hoping to always see them be great in the future."

Sunday's fixture will also see Ranieri leave after the 67-year-old returned to the club following Eusebio Di Francesco's sacking in March.

Roma are sixth and three points adrift of the Champions League places heading into their season finale.

"I feel like a European coach, so I'll go wherever there's a project that interests me," former Chelsea and Leicester City manager Ranieri said.

"I think this is a good group of players, with a nice mix of young and old. Certainly we expected more from some of the young players, but it's okay.

"The core of the squad is solid and healthy, and everyone wants to do well. We won’t start from scratch.

"We'll start from a deficit because before we were always in the Champions League, but it won't restart from zero. Instead, we'll start from scratch with a new coach, with his own game and ideas."

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