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Chelsea sign Quaresma from Inter

Ricardo Quaresma
Quaresma has 24 caps for Portugal and played under Scolari at Euro 2008

Chelsea have signed Portugal winger Ricardo Quaresma on loan from Inter Milan until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old rejoins Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was his national coach with Portugal.

Quaresma was Inter manager Jose Mourinho's first signing when he joined from Porto for 15m in the summer of 2008.

But the winger has struggled at the San Siro and was left out of Inter's Champions League squad on Sunday.

He has only played 12 times this season and was heckled by his own fans during the 1-1 draw with Torino.

Chelsea have struggled for wide men since losing Joe Cole for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage, and Scolari has decided to look to another of the Portugal players he worked with at Euro 2008.

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The former Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona and Porto winger becomes Chelsea's sixth Portuguese player alongside Ricardo Carvalho, Deco, Paulo Ferreria, Jose Bosingwa and goalkeeper Hilario.

Quaresma, nicknamed "Mustang" for his speed and power, began his career with Sporting Lisbon where he won the Portuguese championship in 2001/2002 playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 Live that he spoke to Mourinho and agreed a deal for Quaresma before Chelsea entered the race.

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see also
Inter begin Lampard negotiations
07 Jul 08 |  Chelsea
Euro 2008 day nine as it happened
15 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Quaresma in demand
01 Apr 03 |  Premier League


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