Rodrigo Palacio pens new Inter deal

Inter Milan forward Rodrigo Palacio says it is "a dream" to have committed his future to the Serie A club until 2016.

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Palacio, 32, who joined Inter from Genoa in 2012, added a further year to his contract on Friday.

And the former Boca Juniors player could well now end his playing career, at least in Europe, with the Nerazzurri.

"I'm really happy; delighted to extend my contract," he told Inter Channel. "I've always given it my best for Inter and I'm very happy at this club.

“It is a dream for me to extend another year and I'll continue to give my best. I thank the club, the fans and everybody. I was welcomed here very well right from the very first day."

Palacio could make his 69th appearance for the club in Saturday evening's Serie A meeting with Hellas Verona.

The Argentina international has scored 36 goals for Inter and hopes to add to that tally this weekend to boost the side's European qualification hopes.

"A goal and a win -- that would be what the fans want," Palacio said. "I hope we play a good game. It's going to be tough because they're playing well, but we’ll do our jobs as we've got to win."

Victory would lift Inter above Fiorentina into fourth place while putting seven points between themselves and their opponents in the hunt for places in Europe next season.

Following the arrival of Hernanes from Lazio in the winter and the confirmed signing of Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic in July, Inter's plans for the future have taken another step forwards with Palacio's commitment.

Qualification for the Europa League is likely to loosen the purse strings of president Erick Thohir, who has been taking a more hands-on approach to the club's affairs recently.

He has responded to advice from his predecessor Massimo Moratti to be more active in the running of the club with two recent trips to Milan from his Indonesia home.