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Materazzi extends contract with Inter

The club's central defender has agreed for a one-year extension, which will ensure his place until June 2010.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2006 17:17 IST

Inter Milan central defender Marco Materazzi has agreed a one-year extension to his original contract which will keep him at the club until June 2010.

A key figure in Italy's World Cup triumph, the 32-year-old's original deal was due to expire in the summer of 2009.

"Inter wanted to reward Materazzi, not only for his World Cup form but because of the way he has always performed for us," said Inter director Marco Branca.

Materazzi was headbutted in the chest by Zinedine Zidane in last month's World Cup final after insulting the France playmaker.

Zidane was sent off, but Materazzi stayed on the pitch and scored one of Italy's penalties in the shoot-out which secured victory.

Materazzi also scored Italy's equaliser in normal time after Zidane's penalty had given France the lead.

Inter were awarded last season's Serie A title after Juventus and AC Milan, the two clubs that finished above them in the table, were found guilty of match-fixing.