Earlier in August, we relayed news from Italy that Joao Mario of Inter Milan was on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Leicester City in the summer.

The Premier League clubs were hoping to sign the midfielder on a loan deal with a view to buy, but the Nerazzurri were unwilling to sanction another loan.

FcInterNews in Italy has a story about the former West Ham United loanee and they claim Fulham and AS Monaco were also interested in the 25-year-old.

However, the player turned down the opportunity to join either of the clubs as he wanted to continue with his current employer rather than join a ‘less ambitious club’.

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Despite not being included in Luciano Spalletti’s plans at the start of the season, Mario has regained his manager’s faith and started his first match of the season with Inter against Lazio on Monday.

Fulham are struggling in the Premier League, while Inter have had a good start in the Serie A and the Champions League. Looking at the current situation, Mario would be delighted to have stayed at San Siro than joining the English side.