Zanetti the one player Conte would pick

Juventus manager Antonio Conte admits Inter Milan skipper Javier Zanetti would be the one player he would love to add to his squad from Saturday's opponents.

Javier Zanetti

By FOX Sports Staff

The Derby d'Italia takes centre stage in Italy at the weekend as the champions visit the San Siro looking to avenge a 3-1 loss to Andrea Stramaccioni's Nerazzurri back in November.

Juve are on the verge of retaining their Serie A title as they enjoy a nine-point lead over Napoli but that has not stopped Conte from taking a moment to pay respect to one of the living legends of Italian football.

The 39-year-old Inter skipper Zanetti has been a first-team fixture at the club since joining from Banfield in 1995 and is currently the longest-serving captain in Italian football having been the club captain since 1999. 

"Inter have already shown that they're capable of beating anyone in a one-off encounter. They have players with charisma and personality, such as Zanetti," Conte said on the Juventus website.

"He's the one player I'd take from them, he's the heart and soul of the team and I would have liked to have coached him."

Conte also spoke glowingly about the Inter manager's job, although his counterpart for Saturday's clash was less forthcoming about the Juve position.

"He's been in this game for a lot longer than me, he knows better than I do the way things work. Juventus are a big club, but I find it difficult to imagine myself there, because my career's only just getting started," Stramaccioni said.

"Perhaps in 4-5 years if I leave and another job comes up, not necessarily that one."

Juve's recent rise back to the top of Serie A has coincided with Inter's decline with 18 points separating the two teams ahead of the Derby d'Italia.



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