Saturday May 10 2014
Moratti: 'Zanetti can still play'

Massimo Moratti is sad to see Javier Zanetti retire. “I think he could still play and the key to his success is hard work.”

The Inter captain tonight will have his final Serie A match at San Siro, though he starts from the bench against Lazio.

“Is he like a son to me? Well, let’s say it has been a special rapport, as he was one of the first players to arrive under my tenure in 1995 and I chose him personally,” Honorary President Moratti told Mediaset.

“I think he could still play, even though his passport would suggest it’s time to stop. His secret is hard work and humility, which took him to success.

“I would’ve liked to see him in the starting XI tonight. It’s a pity.”

Zanetti turns 41 over the summer and will become part of the Inter back room staff.

“I was fortunate enough to work with this professional. I think he deserves a future like Giacinto Facchetti, as he has the characteristics to achieve that.”

Facchetti was the Nerazzurri star who went on to become President when Moratti temporarily stepped down.