But Zanetti said: "He is very happy to be with us and I believe that what we went through this year will be important.
"He has entered into Inter's history. I have no doubt he will stay with us. Recognition exists in football and it must exist, but today it's a rare commodity.
"I already said 'no' to Real Madrid some years ago. I could have gone there, it was almost done, but I spoke with Moratti and confirmed that I wanted to stay. And I did it in the most difficult of moments."