MLS side Inter Miami sign Frenchman Matuidi on free transfer

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Coppa Italia - Final - Napoli v Juventus - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - June 17, 2020 Juventus' Blaise Matuidi in action with Napoli's Giovanni Di Lorenzo, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/File Photo

(Reuters) - Inter Miami have signed French World Cup-winning midfielder Blaise Matuidi on a free transfer after he left Juventus, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club announced on Thursday.

Matuidi’s contract with the Italian champions was terminated on Wednesday by mutual agreement. He made 45 appearances for Juve across all competitions last season as they won the Serie A title for a ninth straight season.

The 33-year-old will be reunited with former Paris St Germain team mate David Beckham, who is co-owner of Inter Miami.

"I couldn't be happier to welcome my friend Blaise to Inter Miami. He is an exciting and gifted player and a great person," former England skipper Beckham said in a club statement here.

“To have a World Cup winner of Blaise’s quality in our new team is such a proud moment - for us as owners and for our fans.”

Capped 84 times, Matuidi was part of the 2018 World Cup squad and played in the final when France beat Croatia 4-2.

He also made over 150 appearances for St Etienne from 2007-2011 before moving to PSG where he won four Ligue 1 titles.

Inter Miami resume their inaugural season in the MLS on Aug. 22 against Orlando City.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Chennai; Editing by Ken Ferris