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Inler delighted with Napoli switch

Published: Monday 11 July 2011, 15.45CET
Gökhan Inler described becoming the latest Swiss international to join SSC Napoli as "the climax of my football career" following his move from Udinese Calcio for a reported €15m.
Inler delighted with Napoli switch
Gökhan Inler (left), who has scored four goals in 48 internationals, takes a shot against England during Switzerland's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 11 July 2011, 15.45CET

Inler delighted with Napoli switch

Gökhan Inler described becoming the latest Swiss international to join SSC Napoli as "the climax of my football career" following his move from Udinese Calcio for a reported €15m.

SSC Napoli have strengthened their midfield with the signing of midfielder Gökhan Inler from fellow Serie A contenders and UEFA Champions League hopefuls Udinese Calcio.

The 27-year-old, whose arrival was announced at the unveiling of Napoli's official kit for the forthcoming season, has agreed a five-year deal after joining for a reported €15m fee. He becomes the second Swiss international to arrive at the Stadio San Paolo this month after Blerim Dzemaili joined from Parma FC – also on a five-year contract.

"Joining this club is the climax of my football career," said the combative former FC Zürich midfielder, who leaves Udine after 141 Serie A appearances and six league goals in four years with the Friulani. "I'll do my very best to take Napoli as far as I can. I've been wanting to come here for a long time and today a new chapter in my life is beginning. I'll give all I can on the pitch to please these wonderful fans."

Napoli will begin their UEFA Champions League campaign at the group stage after finishing third in Serie A last term, four points ahead of Udinese, who will attempt to join the Partenopei by successfully negotiating the play-offs.

Last updated: 11/07/11 16.23CET

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