Former West Ham United loan star Joao Mario has paid tribute to the Inter Milan fans after giving him a second chance, and thrown shade at the Irons faithful in the process.
Mario spent the second half of last season on loan at the London Stadium, where he made 14 appearances for the club.
He enjoyed an average spell with the club during David Moyes’ final months in charge, and scored two goals before returning to San Siro for the current season.
Mario had a tough start ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, and struggled to get regular football at first.
He didn’t feature for the first nine Serie A matches, but announced himself against Genoa on matchday 11 with one goal and three assists. Since then he’s seen much more game time, although he’s been benched for the previous two matches.
‘I didn’t like it in England’
Mario certainly will not be heading back to West Ham in a hurry following his brutally honest assessment of his time in London.
After apologising for what he said about Inter in the past and praising the club’s fans, he then turned on those who chanted his name whilst on loan with the Hammers.
He told Calcio 2000, as quoted by Calciomercato: “I stayed in England but I didn’t like it there. Fans are too calm, I prefer the heat of fans here in Italy.”
Mario’s comments will not go down too well since he didn’t pull up any trees during his time with the club.
Certainly many won’t even care all that much, as the club are now in a good place with some excellent attacking midfielder among their ranks such as Samir Nasri, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini.