FC Internazionale Milano have parted company with Italian international forward Christian Vieri.
The striker's contract, tying him to the Serie A side until 30 June 2006, was today cancelled by mutual consent. An Inter statement read: "The negotiations were handled in the most friendly way and took into consideration the needs of both the player and the club. We thank Christian Vieri for the six seasons he spent here and for writing a very good chapter in Inter's history."
Century of goals
Australian-raised Vieri, 32 later this month, joined Inter in 1999 from S.S. Lazio, having previously played for Atalanta BC, Juventus FC and Club Atlético de Madrid. With the Nerazzurri he scored more than 100 goals in Serie A, including 13 in 27 games last season as Inter finished third to earn another UEFA Champions League campaign and won the Coppa Italia.
Vieri, who has 22 goals in 45 international appearances, is yet to announce his new club but has left Inter to ensure regular first-team football in the hope of securing his place in Italy's side for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
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