Zanetti pens new Inter deal
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Argentinian star Javier Zanetti has penned a new deal with Internazionale.Argentinian star Javier Zanetti has penned a new deal with Internazionale that ties him to the club until 2010.
The Nerazzurri captain has helped form the backbone of his side for the past decade, and had been keen to ensure that he saw out the remaining years of his career at Estadio Giuseppe Meazza.
After inking the extension to his current deal, which ran until 2007, Zanetti will now be 36 by the time the new agreement comes to an end.
Real Madrid had been linked with a move for the player in November, although this latest deal has reaffirmed the special relationship that Zanetti and his club enjoy.
"It's true and for me it has been a really important thing," Zanetti told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I've said it many times that my only desire would have been to close my career at Inter.
"They have been my team for ten years and, at this point, I hope it will be forever.
"This renewal is a clear demonstration of how I'm keen on Inter and how Inter would like me to stay."
Roberto Mancini's side are still in pursuit of silverware this season, although Zanetti will miss the Coppa Italia final second-leg against Roma due to his participation in the Confederations Cup.
The Nerazzurri hold a significant advantage after Brazilian sensation Adriano grabbed a brace at Stadio Olimpico, with the second leg due to be played on Wednesday night.