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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 June, 2003, 06:33 GMT 07:33 UK
Veron hints at Man Utd exit
Veron (right) may be Italy bound

Manchester United's Juan Sebastian Veron believes he will join England captain David Beckham out of the Old Trafford door this summer.

Argentine Veron - who cost 28m when he arrived from Lazio two years ago - claims he will return to Serie A.

But Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to recoup less than half of his official outlay if he decides to part with the midfield man, who has been linked with Juventus, Inter Milan and Barcelona.

Veron has three years left on his current contract, but appears happy to head back to Italy.

He said: "I think I will be playing in Serie A next season.

"I am flattered that a few teams are looking at me. Big players are good in big teams.

"I would not have any problems playing for Hector Cuper at Inter Milan or Marcello Lippi at Juventus. I will be the right man.

"I have a contract that binds me to United for another three years. I wouldn't have a problem in continuing my English adventure, but I think I'll be back playing in Italy."

Veron has had a mixed career at United, despite playing a part in their title triumph last season.

He said: "In the first year in Manchester I wasn't fit. I had a tendon problem but I tried to grit my teeth because I wanted to play.

"Then the knee injury disrupted my second season, although when I came back I gave my best."




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