Fredy Guarin has insisted that he hasn’t joined Inter with the intention of returning to Porto in the summer.
The Colombian moved to Italy in January on loan with an option to buy outright at the end of the season for €13.5m.
“I know that there is a deadline for Inter to take up their option on me,” noted the midfielder on Thursday.
“But I’ve already made up my mind. I didn’t come here to stay for six months, I made the move to stay here for years.
“The fact that the club chose me during a delicate time of the season motivates me and I hope to pay them back for their faith in me.
“I’ve wanted to join Inter for two years. I had spoken to Ivan Cordoba about it…”
Guarin arrived at the club with an injury, but he did impress during his debut in Sunday’s 5-4 win over Genoa.
“I’m at the disposal of the Coach,” added the South American. “I give my best during the week and then it is up to the Coach to decide.
“Inter are used to winning and fighting for the title – I just want to give my contribution in order for us to take off again.”
The Nerazzurri have had a tough season so far and are currently seventh in Serie A, seven points shy of the last Champions League spot.
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