Thursday September 20 2018
Joao Mario: ‘I’ll win over fans’

Joao Mario “can understand why” Inter fans whistle him, but wants to “change those whistles into applause”.

The Portuguese midfielder joined the Nerazzurri in 2016, but he failed to impress in his first season.

He spent the second half of 2017-18 on loan at West Ham United, but the Hammers didn’t take up their option to buy him.

After declaring the summer that he didn’t like Serie A and admitting “there’s no fire inside me” to play for the Beneamata again, he failed to secure a move away and hasn’t played this season, not to mention he’s a pariah for the fans.

“All I want to do now is change those whistles into applause,” Joao Mario told Sky.

“It’s always difficult when your own fans whistle you, but I can understand why. I think there’s a problem with body language, sometimes it seems like I’m not there [on the pitch].

“It’s something I have to improve, because I have the desire to do well.”

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