Friday May 9 2014
Hernanes: Zanetti not human

Inter’s Hernanes has revealed his ‘immense joy’ at having been included in Brazil’s World Cup squad.

The play-maker was named in Luis Felipe Scolari’s 23-man party for the tournament and has put his selection down to hard work.

“My call-up? The joy has been immense,” Hernanes told Inter Channel. “I have experienced great emotion and I am very happy to have achieved this objective.

“Only those born in Brazil can know what all of this means to me.

“When I arrived at Inter I said that I wanted to think about working hard and nothing else. Now, I have got my reward.”

The 28-year-old was then asked about retiring teammate Javier Zanetti and his chances of scoring his first San Siro goal tomorrow against Lazio.

“Zanetti? I think talking about him is pointless. Everyone knows about him and everyone knows the player he has been and the person he has been. It has been a pleasure to meet him before he retires from playing.

“He is a marvellous person. I say that there are humans and then there are monsters and he is a monster! He is no human!

“Scoring at San Siro? Let’s hope so. It’s always nice to score, though at San Siro I still haven’t.

“But sooner or later it will come because I am looking for it. And when you look for things, you find them!

“Who knows, maybe tomorrow.”