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English fans are 'too quiet', says former Hammer

Filed: Thursday, 7th March 2019
By: Staff Writer

Inter's Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario says that he is pleased to be playing his football in Italy once more as English fans are "too quiet".

The 26-year-old spent half a season on loan at West Ham between January and May 2018 which included making eight appearances at the Olympic Stadium.

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And he insisted that crowds in Italy are much more lively that their all-seated English counterparts.

Speaking about his renaissance at the Serie A club - one which he previously urged fellow players to stay away from - Mario referred to the "warmth" of Inter and Italian football fans.

"You learn from your mistakes and that was a mistake," he admitted. "I have to respect a team like Inter who spent so much to sign me, and Iím very happy to have been given a second chance here.

"The Inter fans were also crucial. For them, I was both an idol and a bad player. It would be great if I found the right balance. Iíve been in England and theyíre all too quiet there. I prefer the warmth of our fans."

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Mario, who was a key component in helping West Ham avoid relegation from the Premier League during the 2017/18 season had to wait until the end of October before making his first appearance of the 2018/19 campaign for Inter.

However since helping his side to a 3-0 win at Lazio that day, the £40million-rated Portuguese international has become a firm fixture in manager Luciano Spalletti's first XI - making a further 17 first team appearances since.

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