Wednesday August 10 2011
Zanetti rejected Spanish temptation

Javier Zanetti turned down offers from Barcelona and Real Madrid in order to remain with Internazionale.

The club captain has been at Inter since his 1995 switch from Banfield and has, eventually, won every major honour at the club.

Talking to Sky Sport Italia on his 38th birthday today, the Argentine said he had no regrets about becoming an Inter flag bearer.

"I was close to Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past," said the player who has appeared in defence and midfield for the Nerazzurri.

"However, I'm happy that I decided to stay at Inter because I thought that, sooner or later, our moment would arrive and fortunately it did."

Zanetti is now considered as a club legend, much in the same way as Beppe Bergomi and Giacinto Facchetti.

"I was very young when I arrived, 22, and I had the privilege to play alongside Bergomi," he continued.

"I also got the chance to get to know Facchetti and I still carry his advice with me to this day."

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