AC Milan have turned down an approach from Serie A rivals Sassuolo for their youth team coach Filippo Inzaghi.
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Eusebio De Francesco was fired as coach of the Serie A strugglers on Tuesday following a 3-1 defeat to Livorno at the weekend, but Inzaghi has been declared off-limits by Milan's general manager Adriano Galliani.
"Sassuolo have asked us, and we said no," Galliani said at a news conference in Milan on Tuesday. "My dear friend Pippo came to our headquarters this morning and we told him we cannot let him go. I'm sorry for Sassuolo, whose president is a friend of ours and a Milan supporter, but Pippo is learning his trade here as coach of our youth team.
"He is a Milan legend and so he's not going away from here. He's got a contract until 2016. But I can confirm that Sassuolo asked us for him."
Sassuolo's search for a successor to Di Francesco continues with former Italy under-21, Juventus and Sampdoria coach Ciro Ferrara now understood to be holding talks with the Emilia-Romagna club.
Ferrara still has a contract with the Blucerchiati and must first reach an agreement with them before being able to give his word to Sassuolo, however. Former Bologna coach Alberto Malesani is another option.