Inter captain Javier Zanetti has dismissed suggestions that the club’s squad is past its sell by date.
The Nerazzurri have had a problematic start to the campaign, with critics arguing that the San Siro giants are just too old to compete anymore.
“Age only matters up to a certain point,” Zanetti, himself 38, stated on Wednesday afternoon. “The important thing is to have the right enthusiasm.
“I want to remind people that I won the treble with Inter at the age of 36 and I was 37 when we won the World Club Cup.”
Zanetti has played in 12 Serie A games for the Beneamata this season and he believes he still has a lot to give.
“I always want to be useful to the team,” he continued. “One day the moment to quit will arrive, but I hope that is as far away as possible.”
The South American, who will be suspended for this weekend’s tie against Fiorentina, has been at Inter since his 1995 switch from Banfield.
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