Ivan Perisic has admitted he was close to joining Manchester United but decided to remain with Inter after having words with Spalletti.
Rumors swirled around for months over the summer, with a reported €50m price-tag on the Croatian winger.
“It’s true that an offer from Manchester United was on the table and I was close to leaving Inter,” Perisic told FourFourTwo magazine.
“But I decided to stay and, as I said, Luciano Spalletti’s perseverance to keep me played a big role. In football, small details in these situations are key.
“Admiration from a Coach like Jose Mourinho is definitely something that flattered me. It’s confirmation of hard work and good performances.
“When you’re praised by a guy like Mourinho – the manager of a huge club like Manchester United – it’s difficult not to think about such an offer.
“I’m glad he has a high opinion of me and these things motivate me to work hard and train hard, to achieve the best performances.”