Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti believes he still has a role to play at the club as he nears retirement.
The Argentine defender was somewhat surprisingly benched for the Serie A encounter at home against Siena last weekend.
But the defender feels it is only normal that he is not an undisputed starter at all times.
“I’m feeling physically well and I still feel useful at Inter,” Zanetti told reporters.
“I realise that sooner or later I will have to retire and that moment is not far away. I’m not too worried about it, though.
“It was really tough to be benched against Siena because unfortunately we lost and from the outside you suffer.
“But it was perfectly normal to be on the subs’ bench and I think the coach knows fully well that I’m at his disposal.
”It was bound to happen sooner or later and there might be many more games I play no part in.
“I realise this is the birth of a new Inter and I’m here at the coach’s complete service – he knows he can count on me both on and off the pitch.
“That’s the way forward.”
Zanetti, 39, has made over 800 official appearances for Inter since joining them from Banfield in 1995.