Hernanes: Inter a step forward

The Brazil international is delighted with his move to the Giuseppe Meazza side, while revealing that he nearly joined them a few years ago
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.

The Giuseppe Meazza side have dropped to sixth spot 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 last month.

"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 midfielder, 28, then revealed that he was close to joining Inter a few years ago, but 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 said.

"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."