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The Nerazzurri are unbeaten since their former Primavera boss was appointed on an interim basis, but it has been claimed he must secure third place in order to remain at the helm

Inter president Massimo Moratti has refused to confirm or deny whether Andrea Stramaccioni's future as coach is dependent upon qualification for next season's Champions League.

The former Primavera boss was a surprise choice to succeed Claudio Ranieri at the helm following the latter's dismissal in March, but the Nerazzurri remain undefeated since the 36-year-old took charge and have now moved to within three points of third-placed Lazio.

It is still being suggested, though, that Stramaccioni will only be given the job on a permanent basis if Inter overhaul the Biancocelesti and that claim was put to Moratti by reporters in Milan on Thursday.

“Well, that's one way to look at it," the oil tycoon commented. "It's certainly always good to set objectives because it's a motivation to constantly do better."

However, Moratti did admit that Stramaccioni has done well to date and revealed he was particularly impressed with the Nerazzurri's performance in the 3-1 victory over Udinese on Wednesday.

"Yesterday's game was a good one, certainly very good on the part of the coach above all, and on the part of the players, who expressed themselves exactly how the coach wanted," he enthused. “Then, with their qualities, they knew how to give something more.”

Up next for resurgent Inter is a meeting with already-relegated Cesena at San Siro on Sunday.