The Rossoneri legend has returned to the club as a director, nine years after he hung up his boots following 902 appearances for the club.
Zanetti is a legend across the city after 858 games for Inter, and he’s pleased to see his old rival back in Serie A.
“I’m really happy for Paolo, because before being a great professional he’s a great person,” Zanetti wrote in today’s Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Someone like him will be a positive for the world of football in general, and in particular for ours. I have huge respect for him.
“We faced each other many times as an opponent, now we’re both in other roles. However, the same admiration, respect and consideration for him remain.
“I’ll be happy to embrace him at the next derby, as we did on the pitch so many times. I want to wish him a big ‘good luck’ for his new adventure.”
Former Inter goalkeeper Walter Zenga took to social media to Maldini on his return to Milan.
Friendship and respect has no colours but only admiration and happiness at seeing the beautiful people, like Paolo Maldini, returning “home” …Congratulations Paolo, football needs people like you, a sincere hug. Men dream more about the return than the departure,”
the former Inter goalkeeper posted on his Instagram account.