MADRID - Diego Forlan is to leave La Liga
club Atletico Madrid after four seasons and will join Serie A
side Inter Milan, the Uruguay striker announced on Monday.
A La Liga top scorer with both Villarreal and Atletico, the
former Manchester United forward was voted best player at the
World Cup finals in South Africa last year as Uruguay reached
the last four.
"Farewells are always hard, because it has been four years
plus the three at Villarreal and now... I will be leaving behind
people's kindness, which I will never forget," Forlan said at a
news conference in the Spanish capital.
"I am looking forward very much to rejuvenating myself, it's
all new and it's where you find motivation because the
challenges are greater.
"You don't often get a chance to go to Inter at the age of
32 and I hope I can live up to the expectations."
The Copa America winner's arrival at Inter is good news for
coach Gian Piero Gasperini, who has lost forwards Samuel Eto'o
and Goran Pandev to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and Napoli
The Italian club, who lost their domestic crown to
local rivals AC Milan last season, said in a statement on their
website later on Monday that Forlan had arrived
in the city and would complete his move on Tuesday.
"I am here to continue winning with Inter," the club quoted
him as telling journalists at Linate airport. "My goal is to
play and score as much as possible for my new team."
Forlan helped Atletico to a Europa League triumph in the
2009/10 season, when they also reached the final of Spain's
His club form dipped last season and Atletico announced last
week they had given him permission to negotiate a transfer.
However, he was as sharp as ever at international level as
he helped Uruguay win the Copa America this year, scoring twice
in their 3-0 final win over Paraguay.
"I am very happy to be here and to be able to play
for a fantastic team like Inter," Forlan said. "It's a great
opportunity for my career."
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