Figo to leave Inter for Saudi team

Updated: 2007-01-06 14:09

ROME -- Portuguese star Luis Figo will leave Inter Milan at the end of the season for Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad, the Saudi club's chairman announced Friday.

Mansour al Balawi refused to give any details about the one-year contract Figo has signed with his club in what he said was "one of the biggest transfers ever carried out in the Middle East", local media reported.

Mansour is currently in Bahrain, where Inter play a friendly on Saturday, to finalize the deal.

Recently there had been press speculation that Figo would move to Saudi Arabia in the January transfer window.

A few days ago the Saudi press reported that Figo had asked Mansour for a monthly salary of one million euros to move to the club based at the Red Sea port of Jeddah.

The 2000 European Footballer of the Year and 2001 FIFA World Player joined Inter from Real Madrid in the summer of 2005.

Figo has played 67 competitive matches for Inter so far, scoring seven goals.

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