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Inter sign two as Stankovic exits

July 6, 2013
By ESPN staff

Inter Milan have announced the signings of defenders Marco Andreolli and Hugo Campagnaro as Dejan Stankovic bade an emotional farewell to the San Siro.

Dejan Stankovic
GettyImagesStankovic spent almost a decade at Inter.

Andreolli, an Inter youth team product, joins from Chievo, with the 27-year-old penning a contract until 2017, while Campagnaro, 33, has signed until 2015 after completing a move from Napoli.

Stankovic, meanwhile, has agreed the termination of his deal, which had been due to expire next summer. The 34-year-old had spent nine years with the Nerazzurri, winning five Serie A titles and a Champions League, and expressed his gratitude to the supporters on the club’s official website.

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“I don't know if I can find the right words to say goodbye and to thank you properly for everything you have given me, your affection, your trust and your honesty,” Stankovic said. "The last ten years have been the best of my life. I have grown both as a man and, with immense joy, as a footballer.

“The thought that I won't be pulling on the Inter shirt anymore brings tears to my eyes but I've always been frank and the tears are real. Unfortunately, in life there comes a time when you have to move on and look forward.

"During my time in Milan I've played alongside some wonderful footballers and above all some wonderful people. It's hard to find the words to thank them all. It's been an honour to wear these colours and they will always remain on my skin. I'll never remove them; nobody can ever remove them."

The former Serbia international, who spent much of last season injured, signed for Inter in 2004 from Lazio and made 332 appearances for the Nerazzurri.