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Mario completes loan switch

Filed: Friday, 26th January 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United have completed the loan signing of Portuguese international Joao Mario.

And the 25-year-old attacking midfielder will go straight into the squad travelling to Wigan Athletic tomorrow afternoon for the 4th round FA Cup tie with the League One side.

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Speaking to West Ham's website, Mario said that he was delighted to be continuing his football journey at West Ham, having struggled recently to secure a first team spot at Inter.

"I am really happy to be here," he said. "Itís a really amazing experience to join this team. I have spoken with everyone around the team and it will be exciting to play in the Premier League. I'm also really happy to be training for an amazing coach."

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Mario, who will wear the vacant #18 shirt last worn by Morgan Amalfitano, also revealed that he had spoken with international team mate Jose Fonte ahead of the switch.

"Jose explained to me a little more about the club and also the song we have, 'Forever Blowing Bubbles'. Itís a historic club with an amazing stadium and amazing players. I am just trying to learn a little bit more about the club every day; now I have some time."

Further reading: Joao Mario: the inside track

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