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Eto'o joins Inter as Ibrahimovic joins Barcelona

SAMUEL Eto'o moved to Inter Milan yesterday in a deal that took Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the opposite direction to Barcelona.

Eto'o signed a five-year contract with the Italian champions after passing a medical, as Ibrahimovic was being paraded at the Camp Nou stadium in a transfer that will cost Barcelona €46 million (US$65.6 million).

Belarus midfielder Alex Hleb will also be joining Inter on a one-season loan move.

"I made history at Barcelona, but that chapter is over," said Eto'o, who will be presented as an Inter player on Tuesday. "At Inter, I am starting a new chapter and starting from zero. I am happy with this new adventure and hope everything goes well.

"I won a lot at Barcelona and now I hope to do so in these colors."

The 28-year-old Eto'o helped Barcelona win the 2006 and 2009 Champions League, scoring in both finals.

Inter coach Jose Mourinho was brought in a year ago with the goal of helping the team win its first European Cup since 1965, but Eto'o warned his new club not to focus too much on the Champions League.

"I know that Inter is desperate to win the Champions League, but you can't only think about that cup," he said. "Because if you are too focused on the Champions League, you forget about the other competitions and then you run the risk of being knocked out of European competition.

"You need to take it match by match and treat them all as a final."


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