Five-time Scudetti winner and Champions League titlist Javier Zanetti's player-coach link to Chelsea has no substance, according to Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who was earlier this week reported to be swooping for the Argentine legend, 40, who is out of contract at Internazionale in June after almost two decades worth of service at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
'It is not true that I have made an offer to Zanetti,' remarked Mourinho to Sky Sport Italia today, Thursday.
Zanetti played for two professional clubs in his native Argentina in the early 1990s before moving his playing career to Italy, in 1995, where he has since featured for the Nerazzurri ever since - the only club he has represented in Europe. It is largely because of this why Mourinho cannot see past Zanetti remaining at Inter, where he is effectively part of the furniture in Milan.
'It is impossible to think of him at any other club than the Nerazzurri. It makes no sense to take him out of Inter because he will remain there forever.'
In the past week, together with the Zanetti rumour, Chelsea have been reported to be exploring the possibility of allowing Patrick Bamford to join Tottenham Hotspur (Metro), of selling Fernando Torres to Valencia (Mirror), allowing John Obi Mikel to transfer to Inter for £12m (Mirror) and acquiring Gianneli Imbula as Mikel's replacement (Metro).
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