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Joao Mario returns to Sporting CP on loan from Inter

Portugal midfielder Joao Mario has returned to Sporting CP on loan from Inter until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old left Sporting for Inter four years ago with the Italian club paying €40m plus €5m in bonuses.

At first Mario was a regular in the Inter side, but fell down the pecking order under Luciano Spalletti.

That led to him joining West Ham on a half season loan in 2018, where he enjoyed a good spell.

Last summer he was loaned to Lokomotiv Moscow and again impressed, but the Russians could not finance a permanent deal.

After a summer of speculation which saw him linked with Marseille and Sporting’s local rivals Benfica, Mario has returned to Sporting.

Mario joined Sporting’s academy in 2004 when he was just 11 and wore the green and white shirt for over a decade.

He could not hide his delight at returning to the Estádio José Alvalade.

“The sensations are great,” said Mario in his first interview. “I always wanted to go back to where I feel good, where I was happy and where I want to be happy again.

“For me, it is a great honour to return to this house that I know well.”

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