Javier Zanetti hopes to earn a new contract at Internazionale.
The veteran Argentine has been at the Italian giants since 1995, and last weekend made his 600th league appearance in the disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Bologna. This was the Nerazzurri’s ninth defeat of the campaign, and leaves them in fifth position with 10 matches remaining.
Regardless of whether Andrea Stramaccioni is still in charge next term there is expected to be many changes in the playing squad when the window reopens, and the future of Zanetti has been speculated upon. The defender will be 40 when the new season begins, and although he has once more been a regular, his contract is set to expire in the summer.
However, whilst he accepts Inter are trying to introduce more youth to their first team options, the defender has revealed he hopes to extend his stay at Inter, and he plans to open talks over a new contract with President Massimo Moratti in the coming weeks.
“My idea is to play next season,” Zanetti told FC Inter News. “I want to continue my career as a player. I’ll speak with President Massimo Moratti and the club to understand their plans. Inter have a lot of young players in their sights who could give us a big helping hand. That is the path to follow.”