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Lucio to Inter

Brazilian ends five-year stay at Bayern

After a trophy-laden five-year spell at Bayern, Brazil captain Lucio is leaving Munich to join Italian champions Inter Milan. On Thursday, the centre-half and the FCB board of directors agreed to cancel the player’s contract ahead of its scheduled expiry on 30 June 2010. The 31-year-old, who will sign a three-year deal with the north Italian club coached by Jose Mourinho, moves for an undisclosed fee.

“The clubs have struck a deal, and the player has agreed terms with Milan,” announced Bayern general manager Uli Hoeneß ahead of the squad’s departure for a summer training camp in Donaueschingen. Lucio is due in Milan for a medical in the next few days, “and if that’s fine, he’ll sign his new contract,” Hoeneß continued.

Three domestic doubles

“After the Confed Cup, it was his express wish to leave Bayern if a major club came in for him,” reported Hoeneß. On receiving an offer from Inter, FCB endorsed the defender’s request to be released early from his contract and seek a new challenge in the Italian Serie A.