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Football: GIGGS READY TO QUIT UNITED; EXCLUSIVE: Rift with team-mates forces him to consider move to Inter Milan.

Byline: PAUL SMITH

RYAN GIGGS could be tempted to leave Manchester United for Inter Milan this summer.

The Wales winger who has spent all his career at Old Trafford has refused to rule out talks with the Italians, who will table a bid of pounds 20million at the end of the season.

And their confidence is growing that Giggs, 29, will quit Old Trafford.

Giggs's decision to think over a possible move to Inter has been caused by a growing rift in the United changing room with team-mates including England captain David Beckham. His

decision to take up with Stacey Cook, the girlfriend of his former best mate Dave Gardner, has seen him ostracised by other players.

Giggs can see no end to the problems and now appears to be considering his position at the club.

Publicly he is maintaining he wants to stay and see out the five-year contract he signed last year but privately he is weighing up a move.

Inter claimed in December that United were prepared to use Giggs as bait to land two of their major stars, which United refused to deny.

But the Italians ruled out a swap deal and insisted they would be back this summer with a substantial offer.

Inter president Massimo Moratti said last night: "Every year there's talk of us getting Giggs and although I think Manchester United are still keen on him I believe an offer will be considered.

"The fact is we like him and we will be making an offer in the summer.

"He is the type of player the fans will love here. We are confident that if a deal can be done, we will do it."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2003
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