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The Argentine striker has taken the time to praise his young team-mate, and is confident that the former Vasco da Gama man will make an impact at San Siro this season

Diego Milito believes Philippe Coutinho has what it takes to succeed at Inter, despite being linked with a move away from the club.

The 20-year-old joined the Giuseppe Meazza side from Vasco da Gama in July 2010, but initially struggled to make an impact in Serie A.

However, expectations have been piqued again after Coutinho impressed on loan at Espanyol in the second half of last season.

"Coutinho? He's a fantastic player. We all knew he was a bit special," Milito was quoted as saying on the official Inter website.

"The time in Spain has done him good and he'll help us a lot this year. He's different to other players."

Coutinho scored in Inter's 2-0 friendly win over Koper at the weekend.

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