Argentina legend admits to Real Madrid contact

Javier Zanetti

An Argentina and Inter Milan hero has revealed that he was on the verge of signing for Real Madrid, but turned them down.

Inter Milan defender Javier Zanetti has revealed that before being given the captain’s armband with the Italian side, he was on the verge of signing for Real Madrid.

The 40-year-old has held the armband with the Serie A giants since 1999, but has claimed that, at the turn of the Millennium, he had talks with the Santiago Bernabeu team.

“I was about to leave, for a very important team in Spain, such as Real Madrid,” Zanetti has reflected this week to Videonews.

“But if I had to leave, I wanted to leave a mark for Inter.

“Then I was given the captain’s armband and it was a beautiful responsibility.

“Everything that came after that was something extraordinary.”

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