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Free agent Goran Pandev open to Inter Milan return

Former Lazio striker Goran Pandev claims he would not be daunted by a return to Inter Milan.

Pandev is a free agent after winning his legal battle against Lazio to be released from his contract.

Speculation is rife that the 26-year-old is set to be unveiled as an Inter player on January 2 when the transfer window re-opens and will pen a five-year contract at the San Siro. Pandev insists he has not signed anything yet but feels he is more than ready for the challenge.

Pandev was under contract with the Nerazzurri for three years but was shipped out on loan twice and never played a game for the Italian giants.

"In my career I have never been afraid of competition for places because I have faith in my abilities,'' he told Makedonjia Sport. "Inter is a great club and matches my ambitions, which are to fight for the various titles and play in the Champions League. But there is nothing yet sorted with the Nerazzurri club.''

Lazio were ordered to release Pandev from his contract by the Lega Calcio earlier this week. The forward had been at Lazio since 2004 and quickly became a firm fans' favourite at the Stadio Olimpico.

However, matters turned sour last summer when Lazio revealed they would not accept a bid of less than 19 million euros for Pandev after he filed a transfer request.

The Macedonia international was branded a "rebel'' by club president Claudio Lotito and frozen out of the squad, as well as being forced to train separately from his former team-mates.

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