Inter Milan have confirmed that club stalwart Esteban Cambiasso is to be released at the end of the season.
The Italian club, who are keen to rebuild after a troubled season where they are set to finish outside of the top four, have opted against renewing his contract which could alert Chelsea and Manchester United, both of whom are keen on his signature.
Cambiasso played a pivotal role in the historic treble-winning season of 2010, and will leave the San Siro after ten years and five Scudetto titles.
He joined the Nerazurri in 2002 after being released by Real Madrid, proceeding to represent the club over 400 times.
The 33-year-old could bow out in Inter’s final game of the season against Chievo this evening, where a win would be a fitting way to end his illustrious career at the San Siro.
Cambiasso will be joined by fellow Argentinean Diego Milito, who will depart after netting just twice in 17 appearances this campaign.
Milito will again be remembered fondly for his role in the success of 2010, with his highlight the two goals he scored against Louis Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
He thrived most under Jose Mourinho, scoring 30 goals in his maiden campaign, and also enjoyed a fine run of form in the 2011/2012 season where he found the net 26 times in 41 games.
The 34-year-old joined the club in 2009 from Genoa, although a third spell at the club is hugely unlikely.
Instead, unlike his compatriot, Milito is expected to depart European shores and return to his native Argentina, where he could join Boca Juniors or River Plate.
The decision to release two club legends in cohesion with the retirement of Javier Zanetti is Massimo Moratti’s way of ushering in a new era of success at the club.
Nemanja Vidic has already confirmed his arrival from Manchester United, whilst he could be joined by former team-mate Patrice Evra, although Juventus are also in contention for the Frenchman’s signature.
Ciro Immobile has shone at Torino and could be the perfect replacement for Milito, but again the club will face stern transfer opposition in the form of German giants Borussia Dortmund who are keen to replace the outgoing Robert Lewandoski with the Italian forward.
Inter will be looking to close the gap of Juventus next season, with the Old Lady’s ease this season not going unnoticed in Milan.
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