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    loan spells

    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of "loan spells" in the following context:

    "His time at Chelsea was divided between loan spells at AC Milan and cross town rivals Inter."

    That was about the football player "Crespo"

    Actually aslo, I have a problem in understanding the idea of all those clubs!
    Is he in Chelsea or AC Milan or Inter?!

    Thanks.

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    Re: loan spells

    "His time at Chelsea was divided between loan spells at AC Milan and cross town rivals Inter."

    maiabulela.
    Here, "spell" is used to mean a period of time.
    Footballers who are contracted to a club are sometimes loaned out to other clubs for a specific period, this is often referred to as a "loan spell". In this case Crespo was signed to Chelsea but he had loan spells with both AC Milan and Inter Milan during his time with the London club.

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    Re: loan spells

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    "His time at Chelsea was divided between loan spells at AC Milan and cross town rivals Inter."

    maiabulela.
    Here, "spell" is used to mean a period of time.
    Footballers who are contracted to a club are sometimes loaned out to other clubs for a specific period, this is often referred to as a "loan spell". In this case Crespo was signed to Chelsea but he had loan spells with both AC Milan and Inter Milan during his time with the London club.

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    I really can't thank you enough. But just one more thing, please.
    "rivals" here is a noun or a verb??

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    Re: loan spells

    AC Milan and cross town rivals Inter."
    .."rivals" here is a noun or a verb??


    A noun meaning opponents, competitors.

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    Re: loan spells

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    AC Milan and cross town rivals Inter."
    .."rivals" here is a noun or a verb??

    A noun meaning opponents, competitors.
    It's because it's plural and "Inter" is one club! that was confusing.
    and then also "cross-town" here, as far as I understand, is an adj. means "in the same country or town of the other club"

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