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Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario turns down West Ham loan

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Joao Mario of FC Internazionale Milano looks on during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Spal at Stadio Giusepp
Image: Joao Mario has only started five Serie A matches for Inter Milan so far this season

Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario has decided against joining West Ham on loan, according to Sky in Italy.

The Serie A side were happy to let the 24-year-old move to the Premier League on a loan deal.

Inter signed the midfielder from Sporting Lisbon for £40m in the summer of 2016.

Joao Mario, who was a member of the Portugal side which triumphed at the 2016 European Championships in France, had been previously linked with a move to Manchester United by newspaper reports.

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He has had to make do with a bit-part role at the San Siro this season as coach Luciano Spalletti has largely preferred Marcelo Brozovic in attacking midfield positions.

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