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Soccer: Inter captain Zanetti extends contract by a year

Argentine defender turns 40 in August

Soccer: Inter captain Zanetti extends contract by a year

Milan, June 12 - Javier Zanetti's remarkable stint at Inter Milan is set to continue after the Serie A giants' announced Wednesday that they have extended their captain's contract by a year, just two months before he turns 40. The former Argentina full back, who is currently recovering after he snapped an Achilles tendon in April, has played more matches for Inter than any one else, having notched over 800 appearances since joining the club in 1995. He has helped Inter win five Serie A titles and four Italian Cups, in addition to the 1998 UEFA CUP, when he scored in a 3-0 win over Lazio in the final, and the Champions League and Club World Cup in 2010. "First of all I'd like to thank the club for the faith they've shown in me," said Zanetti after the announcement. "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," added the player, who is widely considered an exemplary professional and gentleman both on and off the field. "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".

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