Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of Brazilian playmaker Hernanes from Serie A rivals Lazio .

Hernanes, capped 23 times by Brazil, won the Coppa Italia with Lazio last season. The 28-year-old was seen crying as he left Lazio's training ground on Thursday, saw his future finalized today as he signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Inter.

Hernanes was strongly linked with a move to fellow Serie A side Inter Milan and took to Facebook to explain the reasoning behind crying whilst leaving training. He said: "I would like to explain my tears because I've seen they have been misunderstood, I cried not because the club president was stopping me leaving. I cried because the negotiation between the two clubs is happening.

"I had the possibility to leave Rome, the place I love, the supporters I love. But it has to be me who told the president I would like to leave because I think it's best for me on a professional level. I want to thank the president (Claudio Lotito) for his attempts in trying to convince me to stay until the last minute. This is my decision."

Hernanes joined Lazio in the summer of 2010 from Sao Paulo and is under contract with the Biancoceleste until June 2015. The South American has scored three goals in 17 league appearances for the capital club this season.

Earlier on Friday, Chelsea have confirmed that Gael Kakuta has joined Lazio on loan until the end of the season. Kakuta has spent little time at Stamford Bridge in recent years, with the Blues loaning him out to a variety of clubs, and his latest temporary spell will be in Serie A.

The versatile 22-year-old returned from a season-and-a-half stint with Vitesse Arnhem in December and has also been loaned out to French club Dijon, Fulham and Bolton during an unsettled stay at west London. Kakuta has made just 16 appearances for Chelsea's first-team and will be hoping for more regular first-team action with Lazio.

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