Serie A news

Zanetti signs new Inter contract

June 12, 2013
By ESPN staff

Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has penned a new one-year contract extension with the Serie A club.

Javier Zanetti joined Inter Milan in 1995
AssociatedJavier Zanetti has been at Inter Milan since 1995

Zanetti, who turns 40 in August, has been at the San Siro since arriving from Argentine side Banfield in 1995.

The former Argentina international is currently out injured after snapping his Achilles tendon in April and is not expected to be fit until October at the earliest.

However, despite the setback, he is delighted to have committed himself to Inter until 2014 and cannot wait to return to action next season.

"First of all I'd like to thank the club for the faith they've shown in me," Zanetti told the club's official website.

"We spoke at length about my injury and we decided to do another year. They've again shown they believe in me and my passion for Inter. I hope I can pay back their affection on the pitch.

"I'd like to thank the many fans who have sent their love over the last few weeks, and they've done likewise with the team in the first few days of the season ticket campaign, showing they'll be with us next season.

"I'm doing everything I can to come back fit and healthy, and to be ready for the coach and my team-mates."