Javier Zanetti has reiterated his belief that he never thought about retiring over the summer, despite suffering an Achilles injury.
The Inter captain has been out for six months after undergoing surgery, but returned ahead of schedule for the Nerazzurri on Saturday.
And the 40-year-old has insisted that he never contemplated giving up the game.
“I always knew I’d be back,” he told La Nacion. “I knew I’d play again. I never thought about retiring.
“I was always at the training ground. I attended the American tour. I always thought in a positive way.
“I have been received with great affection, and I’m glad to be back. I saw that even Tuttosport dedicated a space to my return – that was fantastic.
“Beckham contacted me as well to wish me a speedy recovery.
“The future? I have a contract until 2014, so we’ll see how I feel.”