Materazzi signs Inter deal
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marco Materazzi has rejected Bologna in order to remain at Internazionale.
Internazionale defender Marco Materazzi has extended his contract with the Neroazzurri after rejecting a move to Bologna.
The former Everton stopper was tied to Inter until 2007 but still saw fit to prolong his stay for a further two years.
"I have had a few problems here," he stated. "But, having spoken to the coach and the club, everything has been resolved.
"Considering also I've extended my contract until 2009, now my aim is to stay here until the end of this agreement.
"Firstly, I must say I'm happy to be at Inter. If a club and a player have the will to extend a contract until 2009, it's an important thing.
"I have the will to celebrate Inter's centennial in 2008.
"I feel rewarded because, extending my deal, the club knows I'll be 36 when it expires."
Materazzi had been linked with a move to Bologna, where his former coach at Perugia, Carlo Mazzone, is in charge.
"I've never felt mistrust towards me and I've never thought to have not been useful to Inter," the centre back continued at a press conference.
"The fact is that I've had the possibility to go and show my value to Mazzone, who is like a father to me.
"It would have been a massive pride for me.
"But, at the end, I've showed my qualities to Inter and I apologise to Mazzone for not joining him."