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.


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.


Southampton Set to Challenge Juventus & Inter in Summer Transfer Battle Over Sampdoria Star

?Premier League strugglers Southampton are eyeing a move for Belgium and Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet during the summer transfer window, according to ?Calciomercato.

However, the Saints will have stiff competition for his signature, as Serie A titans Juventus and Inter Milan are also interested in the 23-year-old. The attacking midfielder had 27 goals and 39 assists in 182 appearances for Anderlecht before joining Sampdoria in 2016, where he’s scored one goal and tallied four assists across all competitions.

Praet, who has one cap for Belgium, has ?been previously compared to Barcelona great Andres Iniesta by former Anderlecht teammate Tom De Sutter, as he claimed: “Dennis plays like Iniesta. He’s got good technique, he’s solid, holds on to the ball well, keeps things simple and doesn’t panic. His vision of the game is incredible.”

Praet’s creativity would aid a Southampton squad that has struggled to find the net this season, scoring just 29 goals (tied for sixth fewest in the league) a big reason why the club currently sits in the relegation zone in 18th place.

In stark contrast to Southampton, Praet’s other suitors Juventus and Inter sit first and fourth in Serie A respectively.

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?This isn’t the first time Praet has drawn interest from a Premier League side. In August last year, Newcastle had a reported £17.5m bid rejected by Sampdoria, whilst Everton were also said to be interested.

But Sampdoria were able to hang on to Praet, and once the transfer window shut last summer he ?spoke about the saga: “I didn’t want to leave. I love this club and the president is a special person. He has a great approach with footballers and that’s a huge difference compared to [former club] Anderlecht. I know Sampdoria received some offers for me but I didn’t even talk with any other club as there was no agreement between them.”

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However, Praet did add he’d be “happy” to go to the Premier League one day. Whether that means joining Southampton remains to be seen, as the club are currently fighting for Premier League survival, and the lure of Juventus and Inter may be too strong to turn down for the young Belgian.


The 9 Players Who Have Bagged 4-Goal Hauls in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues This Season

A hat-trick is one thing, but a four-goal haul in a single game is even more special.

That is something that has been managed on nine occasions in Europe’s top five leagues.

These are the players that have done it…

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

19th September 2017 vs Eibar

Lionel Messi’s four-goal haul against Eibar back in September included his second hat-trick of the season having already bagged a treble against Espanyol just a couple of weeks earlier.

Messi leads the way when it comes to La Liga scoring on 25 for the campaign, although he faces stiff competition if he is to retain his European Golden Shoe as the continent’s top scorer.  

2. Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

6th January 2018 vs SPAL

Serie A minnows SPAL were on the receiving end of a four-goal haul from prolific striker Ciro Immobile in January, a game that Lazio won 5-2 as they fight for a Champions League place.

Immobile has rediscovered his best form since returning to Italy in 2016 after disappointing spells with Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla in Germany and Spain respectively.  

3. Neymar (PSG)

17th January 2018 vs Dijon

Having scored regularly in his first few months with Paris Saint-Germain following a €222m move from Barcelona, Neymar stepped things up even more when he bagged four goals in an 8-0 thrashing of Ligue 1 minnows Dijon in January.

His debut season has already finished as a result of a broken foot.  

4. Sergio Aguero (Man City)

10th February 2018 vs Leicester

Sergio Aguero scored a Premier League hat-trick for Manchester City against Newcastle in January, but went one better just three weeks later against Leicester by scoring four.

It was his third Premier League hat-trick of this season alone, while the Argentine is also no stranger to mega hauls. He scored four in one game against Tottenham in October 2014, and five in another against Newcastle in October 2015.  

5. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

28th February 2018 vs Leganes

After a slow first half of the season by his own standards, Antoine Griezmann has stepped up his scoring in a big way since January and has scored 12 goals in his last 10 La Liga games.

Four of those came in just one outing against Leganes at the end of February. Remarkably, the Frenchman had actually scored a hat-trick against Sevilla just three days earlier as well.  

6. Alassane Plea (Nice)

11th March 2018 vs Guingamp

Nice forward Alassane Plea became the first French player to bag a four-goal haul in Ligue 1 in more than 10 years when he was in prolific form against Guingamp earlier this month.

But even after his four-goal haul, Plea has still only scored 10 times in the league in total so far this season and had found the net just once in 10 Ligue 1 outings prior to facing Guingamp.

7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

17th March 2018 vs Watford

Just when Liverpool fans thought Mohamed Salah couldn’t any better, the Egyptian forward bagged four goals in one game against Watford at the weekend.

Salah now has 28 for the Reds in the Premier League this season and is just three short of matching Luis Suarez’s 31-goal tally in 2013/14. He could also become the first Liverpool player to reach 40 goals in all competitions in a single season since Ian Rush in 1986/87.  

8. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)

18th March 2018 vs Sampdoria

Mauro Icardi is having his best season yet in an Inter Milan shirt and saw his Serie A goal tally boosted to 22 after netting four times against Sampdoria at the weekend.

They were Icardi’s first goals since returning from a recent injury absence, while his prolific early season form had largely deserted him in the few weeks before that layoff as well.  

9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

18th March 2018 vs Girona

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his incredible recent run of goalscoring form when he netted four against Girona in La Liga at the weekend, the eighth straight game in all competitions in which he has found the net.

It was also his 50th career hat-trick. Ronaldo is now onto 22 league goals for the season and has 37 in all competitions, a tally matched by no other player in Europe’s top five leagues.  


Joao Mario Uncertain of West Ham Future as Parent Club Ready Swap Deal With Italian Rivals

West Ham midfielder João Mário is uncertain if his loan move from Inter will be made permanent at the end of the season as I Nerazzurri are reportedly already looking at ways they can offload the 25-year-old this summer.

Mário made a high profile move to the London Stadium in January and fans were excited at the prospect of signing the Portugal international on a full time basis at the end of the campaign.

However, the former Sporting CP star has been unable to find his feet with West Ham and is quickly earning a similar reputation at the club to the one that saw him ostracised at San Siro.

As Inter are still unsure if West Ham will look to make the move permanent this summer, a deal which seems unlikely given the €40m price tag, the Italian giants are eyeing up a swap deal with AS Roma that would see Kevin Strootman join Luciano Spalletti’s side; according to Monday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport.


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The Dutch captain has been one of Roma’s most consistent players over the last five years and has firmly established himself in I Giallorossi’s first team, alongside Radja Nainggolan and Daniele De Rossi.

Portuguese midfielder Mário could prove to be a fantastic addition for Eusebio Di Francesco’s side if he can rediscover the form he showed before moving to Italy.

However, Inter will face an uphill battle in trying to sweet talk their Serie A rivals into a swap deal for Strootman if the 25-year-old Mário continues to underperform in east London.

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Inter Milan Fans Laud ?Mauro Icardi After Striker Becomes Sixth-Youngest to Net 100 Serie A Goals

?Mauro Icardi ended a 10-week wait for his 100th Serie A goal; becoming the sixth-youngest player in history to reach the landmark in the process, while scoring his first of four in Inter Milan’s 5-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. 

The 25-year-old grabbed a first half hat-trick after opening his account for the day from the penalty spot; the centurion finish, before quickly adding an incredible back-heeled second, a third with a powerful close-range finish and rounded off his afternoon with an improvised fourth shortly after the break. 

The Argentine, who was left out of Jorge Sampaoli’s national squad this week ahead of their friendlies with Italy and Spain later this month, showed, despite enduring a short barren spell of three games, his injury-ridden start to the calendar year had not scuppered his goalscoring ability. 

Rather fittingly, Icardi reached the 100-goal milestone against the side who offered him the opportunity to bag his inaugural strike in Serie A, with the former Stadio Luigi Ferraris frontman netting 10 goals for Blucerchiati in the Italian top-flight before his around £11m move to Inter in 2013.




However, it is only when looking deeper into the talisman’s statistics do his achievement come to life, with the ex-Barcelona academy product failing to score against just six of the sides he has faced in the top tier and his consistent increase in score rate every year since his first goal in 2012. 

The Argentina international’s 22 so far this season is just two short of the return he managed last time around, and with Nerazzurri still holding 10 games before the end of the campaign, you would expect the San Siro sniper to continue the trend of setting a new benchmark by the summer. 

The 25-year-old marked himself as the sixth-youngest player to reach a century of goals, and it was another Inter man, Giuseppe Meazza, who shone during the 1930s, who is currently the youngest to reach the milestone in Serie A; aged 23 years and 32 days. 

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