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Feb 21, 2012

Eto'o exit prompted Motta departure

Champions League winner Thiago Motta claims that Samuel Eto'o's exit from Inter Milan was the catalyst for his own decision to leave the San Siro.

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Motta, who joined nouveau-riche French Club Paris Saint-Germain in January, says Inter really struggled to cope with the departure of Eto'o in August 2011 and the Nerazzurri have failed to assert themselves in Serie A since.

Italy international Motta, 29, won the treble of the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia in 2010 but the former Barcelona player has moved on following Inter's recent struggles.

"The exit of Eto'o played a big role in my decision to leave. It felt as if my era at Inter had come to an end. I needed a new challenge, and have found just that here at Paris Saint-Germain," Motta told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I think that the departure of Eto'o has hugely affected the team. He was the one who could always make the difference. Of course they now have Diego Milito back in form, who is very dangerous as well. However, Eto'o had that little bit extra."

Inter currently lie seventh in Serie A while PSG are top of Ligue 1.

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