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The Brazil international midfielder is delighted with his move to Walter Mazzarri's side, while revealing that he nearly joined the Nerazzurri a few years previously

Hernanes is adamant that he has made a step forward by leaving Lazio for Inter in the January transfer window, irrespective of the Nerazzurri's recent struggles.

Walter Mazzarri's men have dropped to sixth in the Serie A table following a string of poor results after they had to settle for ninth last term.

The Brazilian, however, has stressed that he never had any doubts when Inter came calling.

"As soon as I heard Inter were after me and wanted to sign me, they contacted me and I immediately felt moved to accept because it was a big step forward in my career," Hernanes told reporters.

"In terms of everything I've ever wanted to do in the game, this was a unique opportunity.

"Inter made me feel important and I was immediately very happy about their interest. To have a club with the history and tradition of Inter chasing your signature, such a big name in Italian football, was what made my mind up but I really wanted the best for all concerned.

"The two parties needed to agree terms, it needed to be right for everyone. Only then would I accept."

The 28-year-old then revealed that he was close to joining Inter a few years previously but that the move eventually fell through for unknown reasons.

"At the time I was in Brazil and I had a lot of agents. Some of them brought me an offer from Inter and I signed but I don't know what happened after that," he recalled, "but, yes, that's a true story. I still remember: Inter had won everything and I could have been a part of it. I'm here now though."

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