Inter captain Javier Zanetti has ruled out the possibility of ending his illustrious career in Argentina.
Contracted to the Nerazzurri until June 2013, he's dismissed the notion that he could leave and play for a club in his homeland.
"No, I don't think I'll return to Argentina," said the 37-year-old. "I feel really at home here, where I have been for the last 16 years with Inter.
"This club has given me everything and, being the captain, I feel a great responsibility. I will conclude my career here."
Zanetti was Massimo Moratti's first signing at the club when the Italian outfit netted him from Banfield in 1995.
The Argentine international has been virtually assured of his place in the side ever since and he now considers Italy as his home.
"Once retired I'll go between Italy and Argentina because I'll have more time, but the reality is that my family is really happy here," he continued.
"My kids go to school in Italy and after my playing career is over I want to spend time with my family."
Zanetti is expected to be offered a job within the club once he does hang up his boots as recognition for his services to the outfit.
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