Inter midfielder, Mario joins Russian Premier League club, Lokomotiv

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Joao Mario

Joao Mario has signed an initial season-long loan deal with Lokomotiv Moscow, the Russian Premier League club, announced.

Mario’s loan deal comes with an option which allows the Russian club to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the campaign.

Joao Mario moved to the Serie A side prior to 2016-17 season appeared 32 times in all competitions during his debut season.

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However, he fell out of favour in the early months of the following campaign and was loaned out to Premier League side West Ham in January 2018, where he made 14 appearances.

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Last season, the Portugal International made 22 appearances and was not selected for the matchday squad of the club on Monday for their Serie A opener against Lecce.

“I’m very happy to join Lokomotiv,” he told the club’s official website. “I know this is a big club. The team has a lot of experienced players.

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“I asked [Manuel] Fernandes and Eder about the team when we played for the Portuguese national team. I spoke to Eder before this transfer. He told me Lokomotiv is a good team with a wonderful atmosphere.

“Playing in the Champions League is also an important factor.”

Joao Mario could make his debut on Saturday when Lokomotiv host Rostock at the RZD Arena.

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