Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti admits he'd welcome Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano to the San Siro.

Mascherano is a top transfer target for new Inter coach Rafa Benitez.

Zanetti said: "Mascherano is intelligent, does a lot of running, retrieves balls and is very important for a team.

"I confirm that we have exchanged text messages after games in Argentina.

"Someone like Javier is important for any team."

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