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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 June, 2004, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
Veron joins Inter on loan
Juan Sebastian Veron
Chelsea midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron is to join Inter Milan on a year-long loan deal.

The Blues have agreed that the former Sampdoria, Parma and Lazio star will return to Italy from 1 July.

Veron, 29, moved to Stamford Bridge for 15m from Manchester United in the summer but has had a frustrating time, playing just 14 games.

The Argentine international missed much of last season with a back injury but failed to hold down a regular spot.

Chelsea spokeswoman Helen Wood told BBC Five Live: "It's consistent with the policy of new manager Jose Mourinho.

"He wants to streamline the squad and work with a smaller number of players next season. He means business.

"It's a mutually beneficial deal that Chelsea and the player are very happy with."

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri hailed Veron as the best midfielder in the world after completing his signing in August 2003.

But despite scoring on his debut in the 2-1 opening-day win over Liverpool, Veron failed to hold down a place in central midfield following the capture of Claude Makelele.

Veron was forced out to the flank and soon fell out of favour with the Chelsea fans after a series of indifferent Premiership displays.

And although he gave some impressive performances during the early Champions League games - notably home and away against Lazio - his missed five months of the season with a back injury sustained in November.

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