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Hernan Crespo has announced he will leave Serie A title favourites Inter Milan in the summer, a development which is likely to trigger approaches for the player from across Europe and South America.

On Sunday the 33-year-old Argentine striker struck the equaliser to earn the Nerazzurri a point against Roma in an exciting 3-3 draw which allowed league leaders Inter to remain seven points clear of second-place Juventus with 12 games remaining.

''After a difficult year, it's great to have scored such an important goal,'' admitted Crespo. ''Things don't happen out of coincidence. That goal is the result of my daily hard work.

''But in June, without a doubt, I will change team. At this point it has become clear to me that this is the only solution as facts speak louder than words.''

The former Chelsea player has earned just one start in a total 10 league appearances for the Nerazzurri this campaign and has been frustrated with his lack of playing time under coach Jose Mourinho, who excluded the player from Inter's 25-man Champions League squad.

Crespo, whose contract with Inter comes to an end in May, said: ''I always accept the coach's decision. It's not my style to create problems. I am a serious professional, who works 24 hours a day and who gives his soul to reach his aims.''

During the January transfer window Crespo was linked with a return to the Premier League with and a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but with the White Hart Lane club having signed Robbie Keane it is likely that another striker is no longer a necessity.

Crespo began his career in Argentina with River Plate before moving to Italy and Parma in 1996. In 2000 he moved to Lazio for what was a then world-record transfer fee of £35m before moving to Inter in 2002 and then Chelsea in 2003.

After being deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge Crepso was loaned out between 2004 and 2008 to AC Milan and then back to Inter who signed him on a year-long deal in the summer of 2008 after he was officially released by Chelsea.


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