Christian Chivu has decided to leave Inter Milan’s Under-19 team at the end of the season, with Samir Handanovic likely to replace him.

This according to Italian news outlet FCInter1908.

Currently, former defender Chivu is in charge of Inter’s Under-19, or Primavera, side.

The Romanian took over from Armando Madonna in the summer of 2021.

In his first season in charge, Chivu guided the Primavera team to the Under-19 Scudetto.

And the 43-year-old has continued to settle in and grow into a coaching role over the past few years. A number of young talents have broken into the team under Chivu’s watch.

Chivu spent his playing career with the likes of Ajax, Roma, and Inter.

It was with the Nerazzurri that the Romanian enjoyed the greatest success in terms of trophies. He was an important part of the Inter team that won the European Treble in 2010.

Chivu joined Inter in 2007 and spent seven years with the club.

The Romanian retired from football at the same time as he ended his time as a Nerazzurri player, in 2014.

Chivu To Step Down As Inter U19 Coach At End Of Season – Handanovic Tipped To Replace Him

Chivu did not end his association with Inter after hanging up his boots.

And the Romanian coached the Nerazzurri at several youth levels after receiving his coaching license.

Chivu was even linked with a possible role as caretaker coach of the Inter first team at one point.

But according to FCIN1908, Chivu has decided that this will be his last season in charge of Inter’s Primavera team.

As far as who will replace him, the outlet anticipates that former Nerazzurri captain Handanovic is the favourite for the role.

The Slovenian had been playing for Inter until the end of last season.

Handanovic had been an Inter player for eleven years, having joined from Udinese in 2012.

The 39-year-old hung up his gloves during the summer after his contract with Inter expired.

But Handanovic could still have an important role to play. According to FCIN1908, he is likely to replace Chivu as the coach of Inter’s Primavera team.