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Zanetti to stay at Inter

Last Updated: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:08

Inter Milan stalwart Javier Zanetti says he has discussed taking a new role at the club, following rumours linking him with Chelsea.

Zanetti, now 40, is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to retire from his professional playing career.

The Inter captain was recently linked with a shock move to Chelsea where he would restore his relationship with former coach Jose Mourinho, but he has now ruled out that possibility by committing his future to his current club.

Zanetti was an unused substitute during Inter's 1-0 win over Torino on Sunday and, speaking after the match, the veteran confirmed he has spoken with president Erick Thohir about extending his 19-year stay with the Nerazzurri.

"I am very happy, because I think that I will continue to be a part of Inter," Zanetti told Inter's official website. "I never had any doubts about that, as there has always been absolute clarity with the president.

"The most important thing is that this marriage will continue."

Club president Thohir meanwhile revealed he will offer Zanetti a new role but has asked him to focus his thoughts on playing for the rest of the season first.

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