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Zanetti signs new Inter Milan contract

Javier Zanetti
Javier Zanetti has made more than 600 appearances for the San Siro club in his career.
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Javier Zanetti has signed a new one-year contract with Inter Milan, the Serie A club has announced.

The 39-year-old, who has made more than 600 appearances for the club, has not played since late April when he ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left foot during a defeat by Palermo.

Despite being faced with a lengthy absence from action which may rule him out until late autumn, the Argentinian insisted he had no plans to retire and now the club have rewarded Zanetti with another year at the San Siro.

Zanetti told intermilan.it: "First of all I'd like to thank the club for the faith they've shown in me. 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 teammates."

Professor Franco Benazzo, who performed the operation, told Inter's official website: "The operation was a complete success.

Benazzo added: "How long will it take him to recover? As ever in cases like these we're looking at six months out of action. Is there a chance he might lose a bit of fitness after an operation like this? In general terms no, but locally the muscle mass will decrease slightly during the time his foot's immobile.

"But the Inter medical staff have shown over the years that they can get players fit who have suffered from more serious injuries than a snapped Achilles."

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