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Inter Captain Javier Zanetti To Retire At Season's End

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The legendary Argentine is set to hang up his boots at the conclusion of the campaign…

Shaun Botterill

Inter president Erick Thohir has revealed that Javier Zanetti will retire at the end of the season and will remain at the club as a director.

The 40-year-old has appeared sparingly since Walter Mazzarri took the reigns at the Meazza in the summer of 2013.

Thohir confirmed that meetings had been ongoing during the last couple of months and an agreement had been reached to keep Zanetti at the club.

"The decision has already been made, he's going to be part of the management," Thohir, said according to Inter's official website.

"The captain and I also have an understanding that in the last few games it's important that we get into Europe."

The Nerazzurri hold a five-point advantage over Torino, Lazio and Hellas Verona with three games remaining and barring a major collapse, should finish in the top five with relative ease.

Zanetti has won five Serie A titles, to go along with four Coppa Italia triumphs and one Champions League crown in a distinguished career with the Nerazzurri.