Inter president open to Zanetti joining Chelsea

Erick Thohir says the Serie A club must allow their captain to choose his next step but is open to prolonging the Argentine's stay at San Siro
Inter president Erick Thohir says he will not stand in the way if Javier Zanetti wants a move to Chelsea.

Goal exclusively revealed on Thursday that Jose Mourinho has made an informal move to bring the 40-year-old to Stamford Bridge in a role which would see the Argentine initially join as a player next season before becoming part of the coaching staff the following campaign.

“I met the captain two months ago, it’s his decision,” Thohir told reporters. 

“He is a legend and we will respect any decision he makes. If he wants to continue or become a director then we will discuss it in the coming months."

Zanetti, who won the treble under Mourinho at Inter in 2010, claims he keeps in contact with the Chelsea boss but insists he is keen to stay at the Serie A club.

"Honestly, I have a great relationship with Mourinho, we often talk, but we never talked about these things," he told Inter Channel.

"I believe that Inter fans know what I feel about this shirt. I always said, to me, Inter is my life and that... my desire is to stay here. Say no more.

"Since I'm a player I think there are two possibilities: either play from the start or be on the bench and then be able to enter.

"I will be able to make my contribution, but I think that everything is going in the right direction."