Materazzi at Inter for another year
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Italian FIFA World Cup™ winner Marco Materazzi has extended his contract with Serie A champions Inter Milan by one year to 2010, UEFA reported on Wednesday.

"He always played well when we needed him last season," said Inter president Massimo Moratti of a player who was used sparingly during the 2008-09 campaign.

"[Inter coach] Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he wants him available for another season and I was delighted to extend his contract," he said.

Materazzi, a 35-year-old centre-back, has 41 Italy caps to his name, but featured in only eight leagues matches last season, which was his eighth at the San Siro.