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Inter close on Chelsea pair

15 Jun 2009 09:04:07

Inter close on Chelsea pair

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is confident the club will strike an agreement with Chelsea for Portugal internationals Deco and Ricardo Carvalho. The pair have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with Inter boss Jose Mourinho a known admirer having worked with both Deco and Carvalho at Porto. Experienced centre-back Carvalho endured a frustrating campaign at the Blues last season, while Deco's debut term in the Premier League started brightly but then faded. Moratti confirmed Inter are working hard to bring the duo to the Giuseppe Meazza, telling Gazzetta dello Sport: "(Inter coach Jose) Mourinho has asked us for Deco and Carvalho and we are working towards making him happy. "Our wish is to sign both players and I have seen that the players' intention is to join us. "We still haven't reached an agreement with Chelsea but I think we will do in a short time." He added: "We are interested in Carvalho primarily for the UEFA Champions League. He has the right experience, he is calm under pressure and brings experience in the defensive line. "Our coach has guaranteed quality and I have every intention to make him happy. "Deco will have two tasks: to do well immediately and to help [Brazilian player Philippe] Coutinho mature as a player," said Moratti. "Coutinho will arrive next season [from Vasco de Gama] and plays in the same role as Deco." Carvalho moved to Chelsea in 2004 to work under Mourinho for a second time and last season injury restricted the 31-year-old to just 18 appearances. Deco joined the Blues from Barcelona last summer but the 32-year-old also suffered injuries, making just 22 league appearances.


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