Javier Zanetti has spoken of his satisfaction after he made his 800th appearance for Inter in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Vaslui.
“I’m happy and very proud to have reached such an important milestone and to have done so at a prestigious club like Inter – even more so as captain,” he stated.
The veteran Argentine, now 39, was Massimo Moratti’s first signing at the Stadio Meazza back in the summer of 1995.
Zanetti is still a stable part of the Inter first team and he’s looking forward to working under Andrea Stramaccioni this term.
“I have a very good relationship with Coach Stramaccioni,” the versatile player noted. “As ever though, the most important thing for me is to feel like I'm helping the team.
“We got a very good result against Vaslui, but we can't think we're already through. Vaslui are a big side and they're good going forward so we need to be careful.”
Stramaccioni was also remaining cautious ahead of the second leg tie which would see the side qualify for the Europa League proper.
“It was an important win but the experience of the previous round against Hajduk Split has taught us that you can't treat any game lightly in international competitions,” Strama noted. “That's why we're very focused on the return leg.
“Vaslui proved to be tough opponents and that's why I don't think we're already through. In a week's time we'll make sure we're ready.
“What I enjoyed was seeing Inter attack and defend as a unit. This is progress.
“Zanetti? Basically he's one of a kind and we want to keep hold of him.”