Chelsea to offer Serie A legend one-year playing deal

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could offer Inter Milan icon Javier Zanetti a one-year playing deal, according to the Daily Mail.

The former Argentina international, who made 145 appearances for his national team between 1994 and 2011, has been one of the most consistent performers in European football over the past two decades.

However, at the age of 40, Zanetti will be released by Inter unless he puts pen-to-paper on a new short-term contract before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

It’s believed that the indefatigable full-back is keen on prolonging his remarkable career, and Mourinho will consider offering the veteran the chance to play until 2015 at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese coach had the South American as his trusty captain during his two-year stint as Inter boss between 2008 and 2010, during which the Nerazzurri secured an historic treble.

Mourinho will look into the possibility of signing Zanetti not only as a potential right-back option, but also with a view to giving him the opportunity to move into a coaching role once he hangs up his boots.

The defender was expected to finish his career with Inter, but it seems that will change if Mourinho gets his way.

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