RIO DE JANEIRO - Midfielder Mario Bolatti
boosted the number of Argentines at Internacional of Brazil to
four when he joined the South American champions from Fiorentina
Bolatti, a member of Argentina's 2010 World Cup squad, links
up with compatriots Andres D'Alessandro, Pablo Guinazu and
Fernando Cavenaghi at the team based in the southern city of
"I wasn't getting the opportunity to play in Italy, which is
why this chance Inter are giving me is so important," Bolatti
told the club's website.
"I didn't need to give it much thought. This is a big
(South) American club, and also close to Argentina. I'm very
happy with this new challenge," said the former Porto player who
shone for Huracan in the 2009 Argentine Clausura championship.
Midfielders D'Alessandro, South America's Player of the
Year, and Guinazu helped Inter win the 2010 Libertadores Cup.
Bolatti and former River Plate striker Cavenaghi, who signed
last week on loan from Girondins Bordeaux, have been recruited
to try and help the Brazilian side retain their title.
Inter open the defence of the Libertadores Cup away to
Emelec of Ecuador in Group Six on February 16.
They are presently taking part in the Gaucho (Rio Grande do
Sul) championship, one of the many state competitions that open
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