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Walter Samuel joins Basel

Walter Samuel, left, has found a new home at FC Basel in Switzerland.

Former Inter Milan, Roma and Real Madrid defender Walter Samuel has signed a one-year contract with Basel.

The 36-year-old Argentinian was a free agent after leaving Inter at the end of last season and, after rejecting an offer from Serie A club Sampdoria, he has opted to join the reigning Swiss champions.

Basel president Bernhard Heusler told the club's official website: "In Walter Samuel, Basel have signed a very experienced player with a great personality to boot.

"Once again, this is a transfer that proves how attractive Basel and the Swiss league are becoming."

Samuel, who made 172 league appearances over his nine years with Inter, added: "I am very happy and looking forward to the new challenge and adventure offered by Basel."

The new Swiss Super League season is already underway, with Basel clinching a 2-1 victory in Saturday's opening-day trip to Aarau.


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