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After spending the last three seasons out on loan, French Under-21 international Jonathan Biabiany is ready to make his FC Internazionale Milano breakthrough – and the winger has the backing of new coach Rafael Benítez.
The attacker had been jointly owned by Inter and Parma FC since February but the Milan club have agreed a deal to again have his sole registration. Biabiany joined Inter aged 16 from Le Blanc-Mesnil in 2006 and the following January made his senior debut in a Coppa Italia tie against Empoli FC as a substitute for Luís Figo. He spent 2007/08 on loan at AC Chievo Verona, the following season at Modena FC and last term with Parma, scoring six goals in 29 Serie A appearances to earn an Inter recall.
"I gained experience and I improved physically and tactically while on loan," the 22-year-old said. "This is an important step in my career. I want to do well with Inter. I feel that I still have everything to prove here. I'm very happy to be back and I'm proud to train together with these champions and learn from them as much as possible."
Benítez, who has succeeded José Mourinho at last season's UEFA Champions League and Italian double winners, is impressed. "
For me it's important to have players with pace and attacking mentality and Biabiany is definitely this kind of player," the former Liverpool FC manager said. "We can do a lot together and I'm sure he will be decisive in many games this season."
Considered one of the fastest players in Serie A, Biabiany wants trophies to come quickly. "
The objective is to win everything like last season," he said. "We all know it is not going to be easy but that's our objective. I always try to improve by working hard – my models are Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo – and I'm excited about Inter's decision to include me for this season. Obviously I hope to play as many games as possible. My long-term goal is to play for the French national team one day but I know I have to play well with Inter in order to achieve it."
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