Published On: Wed, Jan 2nd, 2013

Javier Zanetti hopes for another season with Inter

Inter defender Javier Zanetti expects to continue playing for his team next season, even though his current contract expires in six months, and he will be turning 40 next August.

The 39-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport why he feels he could continue playing despite his age.

“It’s my intention to play for another season,” said the veteran. “It’s all heading in that direction.

“It wasn’t a decision made on a particular day, but it occurred to me during our run of 10 straight wins earlier in this campaign.

“I often asked myself why I shouldn’t consider playing if I thought I could still give the team a helping hand.”

The Argentine then continued to talk about his wishes to remain with the Nerazzurri after he retires from the pitch.

“I think it would be easier for me to have an office at the Pinetina training base rather than at the club’s HQ,” he went on.

“Whatever I do, I want to stay as close as possible to the first team squad and perhaps represent the club in only certain events.

“After all, there is a risk that I could step on [Inter ambassador] Luis Figo’s toes.”

Zanetti has proved his talent and loyalty to Inter since his signing with the club in 1995, making over 800 appearances for the club.


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