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Inter delight at Davids decision

FC Internazionale have signed Dutch midfield player Edgar Davids from Juventus FC on a three-year contract.

FC Internazionale have confirmed that they have signed Edgar Davids from Juventus FC on a three-year contract.

Barcelona loan
The Dutch midfield player, formerly of Inter's city rivals AC Milan, spent the first half of 2004 on loan at FC Barcelona. But despite playing a crucial role in them gaining a UEFA Champions League group stage berth, he could not agree terms for a contract, his deal with Juve having expired.

Presidential delight
Capped 65 times by the Netherlands, the 31-year-old AFC Ajax product helped his nation to the UEFA EURO 2004™ semi-finals, and Inter president Giachinto Facchetti said: "We are delighted. Davids's qualities as a player are well known. I would like to underline what he managed to achieve at Barcelona in a few months. He demonstrated that he had the drive and enthusiasm to drag a team up the table to a second-place finish that seemed impossible."

Champions League campaign
Inter secured a Champions League third qualifying round place on the final day of the 2003/04 Italian season, and begin their campaign on 10-11 August. Davids won the competition in 1994/95 with Ajax, where he also helped secure the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, European/South American Cup and three Dutch titles. At Juve he claimed three Scudettos and reached the 2002/03 Champions League final.