Inter coach Simone Inzaghi is set to stick with Marcelo Brozovic as his long-term deep-lying midfielder, despite the impressive form of Hakan Calhanoglu in the role.

As reported by, former AC Milan midfielder Calhanoglu has caught the eye since deputising for Brozovic over the past six weeks, with the Croatia star ruled out with a left thigh injury picked up on international duty in September.

Brozovic has worked his way back to fitness and is expected to be named amongst the substitutes for this evening’s Derby d’Italia against Juventus in Serie A, and once he makes his full return he is likely to slot back into his old role.

Whilst Calhanoglu has impressed Inzaghi with his performances in Brozovic’s absence, the coach still sees the Turkey international as a more advanced player, and his preference is to utilise the pair alongside Nicolo Barella.

Calhanoglu has also allowed new signing Krijstan Asllani time to settle in after joining from Empoli, with the long-term plan being for him to establish himself as the alternative to Brozovic.