Tuesday August 18 2020
Joao Mario: 'I want to play in La Liga'

Inter midfielder Joao Mario reveals he ‘would like to play in La Liga’, as he seeks ‘new experiences’ after returning from loan at Lokomotiv Moscow.

After a six-month stint at West Ham in 2018, Joao Mario was loaned out to the Russian side ahead of 2019-20 season and seems set to move again this summer.

It has been a difficult time at San Siro and the Portugal international reveals he would be open for a move to Spain.

“I want to try new experiences. I would like to play in La Liga because I think it’s the League that suits me best,” he told AS. “I like the way Spanish teams play.

“The culture at Sporting, where I grew up, is very close to Spanish football. I think I would adapt quickly.

“I would love to play in Spain. There are great teams there, it’s very competitive. Looking at the competitions where I have not played, that’s the one that attracts me the most.”

But he will choose wisely, as he is looking to claim a place in the Portugal squad ahead of Euro 2020 next summer.

“The next goal is to find a project that helps me stay in the national team for the European Championship.

“I’m sure we will find it and that I will be able to play regularly and be a starter for Portugal. “

He admitted that his time with Inter was complicated.

“I arrived at the end of the summer, in a time of great change. Inter were about to sign with Frank de Boer.

“It was a difficult season because the Inter project was in difficulty. In any case, it remains the one where I did best and have my best memories.”

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