Inter Milan team manager Ivan Cordoba says it is impossible to replace the likes of Brazilian trio Lucio, Maicon and Julio Cesar.
The South Americans established themselves as stars at the San Siro before departing before the start of this season.
“They won’t be replaced,” Cordoba said. “They are part of the history of this club and they left their mark.
“They were very important for us. Now we are building a new team with others players with other characteristics and they also want to make history.”
Cordoba joined Inter as a player in 1999, four years after Javier Zanetti, who remarkably remains a regular starter at the age of 39.
“Tomorrow we would have to do a study about him,” Cordoba said of the Argentine.
“Not as a person because I have been fortunate enough to know him and everybody knows he is a good person.
“But his physical aspect, the way he plays, because it is remarkable and he is still impressive every time he plays.”
Cordoba, who made 455 appearances over 13 years at Inter, took over as team manager after retiring as a player last year.
“It is different because I have to work on the organisational aspect, on relations between the players and the manager, and between the team and the club,” he said.
Inter finished sixth in Serie A last term, but fans remain hopeful that Cordoba and manager Andrea Stramacciono can get the team challenging for titles again.