On-Loan West Ham Midfielder Joao Mario Declares: ‘Inter Are Part of My Past’

Joao Mario has called his parent club Internazionale ‘part of my past’ despite only being out on loan at ​West Ham.

Inter bought the Portuguese midfielder following his triumph at the European Championships in 2016. However, the 25-year-old struggled to fit in at the Serie A side, before his move to east London in January.

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Although the midfielder is only on loan at West Ham, he has clearly decided that his time at Inter is over. Reports claim that the Hammers have a €40m option to make his move permanent at the end of the season, while the player himself seems determined to move on from Italy.

“I’m in a new league and I’m trying to adapt quickly,” the Portuguese international told reporters (via Football Italia).

“I’m happy with my new adventure and I hope to finish the season well. Inter are part of my past now. I could have played more, but football is about that too. Now I’m happy and that’s what matters most.”


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Despite featuring in every fixture for the London side since his arrival, the midfielder’s future remains somewhat ​uncertain. Inter are reportedly keen to sell the 25-year-old in the summer, while one ​report suggests Roma may be his next port of call, with a swap deal involving Kevin Strootman in the works.

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