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Dec 27, 2013

Javier Zanetti undecided on retirement

Javier Zanetti has yet to make up his mind whether he will carry on playing beyond the summer, but he is certain he wants to remain at Inter Milan, even if it is not as part of the playing staff.

Javier Zanetti is hoping to see Inter challenging the likes of Juventus and Napoli this season.
Javier Zanetti is hopeful of Inter Milan returning to the Champions League.

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The 40-year-old recently made his return to action after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, and with no negative reaction shown to that injury, extending his playing days by another year is a serious consideration for a man who has worn the Nerazzurro shirt for over 18 years.

Even if the former Argentina international does hang up his boots in May, he will instead put on a black and blue tie and carry on devoting his days to the Serie A club, although he told Italy's ANSA news agency he has no intention of putting on a tracksuit and coaching once his playing days are over.

"I just want to end this season as well as possible and then we'll see together with the club what is the best thing to do," Zanetti said

"My wish is to continue being part of this great family. I would work as a part of the managerial staff, but not coaching because even though I have a lot of experience, I'd say I've seen enough of training camps in these 20 years."

Zanetti has seen plenty of trophies in that period too, not least the 2010 Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia treble. Taking another shot at the Champions League next season is a realistic goal, considering Inter are only five points behind third-placed Napoli at the turn of the year.

"We could make it into the Champions League because the league's very even and there are lots of games to come," Zanetti said. "I didn't see a great difference between us and Napoli when we played them."

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