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Inter Milan tie up deal for free agent Goran Pandev

January 4, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Former Lazio striker Goran Pandev has signed for Inter Milan on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

Goran Pandev
GettyImagesGoran Pandev had been available on a free transfer

Pandev was available on a free transfer after Lazio were ordered to release him from his contract, and several top clubs in Europe - including Juventus and Tottenham - were rumoured to be interested.

However, Inter were always thought to be the favourites to sign Pandev, particularly as he began his Serie A career with the club, and Inter confirmed the deal on Monday afternoon.

"I am really very happy," he told the club's official website. "My dream was always to remain at Inter, but things have gone well nevertheless. "I grew, I became a man, a real player and today I am happy to be here.

"The year has started very well for me. Now we need to win the Scudetto and do well in the Champions League so we can all be happy. I hope to contribute a lot, but it is especially important to win, then who gets the goals is a side issue.

"It is important to give my contribution to the team. I met my new team-mates and they are all talented guys."

The Macedonia international first joined Inter in 2001 but, after failing to make an appearance for the club, he signed for Lazio in 2004 and became a popular figure among the fans.

However, he was labelled a "rebel" by Lazio president Claudio Lotito after handing in a transfer request in the summer and had not been allowed to train with the first-team squad, leading the Lega Calcio to rule that the club had to release him from his deal.