Former World Player of the Year Luis Figo
was unveiled by his new club Inter Milan on Saturday but could not
resist a parting shot at his former Real Madrid coach Vanderlei
The 32-year-old joined Inter from Real Madrid on Friday and said he was
sad about the manner of his exit from the Spanish club.
"I had hoped to leave Real in another way. I wanted to salute the fans,
given that in five years they always treated me really well," said the
Portuguese winger, who left after falling out of favour with Luxemburgo.
"My conscience is clear though. I always behaved in the manner of a
serious professional and I know that the fans wish me well.
"At Madrid, I met a person who didn't have faith in me but in sport and
life that happens -- you meet people who have more or less belief in you,"
"I was disappointed with the man who was in charge of the team but it
was a fantastic experience for me at Real and I wish them all the best."
The former Barcelona player had been courted by Spanish side Valencia
and European champions Liverpool but his preference was to play in Italy.
"I think I was born to play in Italy," he said. "My old president (Real's
Florentino Perez) said I was born for Real but I think I was born to
"I chose Inter because they are a great team, a really prestigious club
and I am delighted to have been given the chance to make my debut in 'calcio'.
The objective is to win the Italian league as soon as possible and then
to win a lot.
"I want to repay Inter with my quality and work and to give the fans the
victory they have been expecting for some time," Figo added.
Inter have not won the Italian league since 1989 but, with Figo
providing for the powerful and prolific Brazilian striker Adriano and
another arrival from Real, Argentine Walter Samuel, commanding the
defence, Roberto Mancini's side has real hopes they can end their barren
"I've been lucky in my career to be able to play with some of the best
players in the world," added Figo. "I'm here to help Inter win as much
as we can. I hope to help Adriano to become an even better player."
Figo is expected to make his debut for Inter against Juventus in the
Italian Super Cup on August 20.