Juventus wanted to keep him, but Matuidi was looking for a new challenge; he will be Inter Miami’s third designated player, alongside Matias Pellegrini and Rodolfo Pizarro.
Sources told ESPN that Matuidi had taken a pay cut to secure the transfer and would be reunited with Beckham, after the duo played together for Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, just before the Englishman retired. Sources told ESPN that Matuidi spoke to Beckham by phone as well as Inter Miami manager Diego Alonso.
He also spoke with Didier Deschamps, France’s head coach, for whom he remains a key player in the 2018 World Cup winners’ squad. Matuidi will be the 13th French player in MLS this season. .
Matuidi has 84 caps for France and his signing represents a huge coup for Beckham’s side, who recently called for patience after a rocky start for the franchise.
“Sometimes the road is long and [you] need to take a break, “Beckham wrote on Instagram.” Manchester United, Real Madrid, La Liga and the [Premier League] was not built in a day. Team players and clubs need time to thrive, but when they do, all tough times seem so far away.
“It’s important to take the time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far. I’m proud of my team, our club and the amazing fans we have. Patience is a virtue. ”
Inter Miami are still chasing their first franchise win and finished at the bottom of their group in the MLS Is Back tournament.
Matuidi becomes the first player to leave Juve following the departure of manager Maurizio Sarri and the arrival of his replacement, Andrea Pirlo.