Soccer-Future uncertain but Conte within sight of Inter silverware

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“I’d be happy for the club if Inter were to win the trophy. I don’t think about my own personal success, just the club that hires me to do the job,” he said.

Conte certainly has the respect of Shakhtar’s Portuguese coach Luis Castro, whose side, like Inter, are also in top form having not lost for 11 games.

“We know that there is a fight with a very strong team, and that is not surprising. We are prepared for this,” he said.

“There is a very difficult game ahead, but Inter also, I think, will face difficulties. Calmness is our DNA and I am sure that we are fully prepared for the match.”

Shakhtar Donetsk are looking to reach only their second ever European final, last achieving that feat in 2009 when they beat Werder Bremen to win the UEFA Cup.

They narrowly missed out on a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League this season but have waltzed past Benfica, Wolfsburg and Basel since dropping into the Europa League.

“Since the very beginning of the season, we haven’t suffered a single defeat outside Ukraine – neither in the Champions League nor in the Europa League,” Castro said.

“If you work as hard as my players do, if you have the kind of mettle my guys have got, then they don’t fear any match.” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Hugh Lawson)