Inter Milan: Walter Mazzarri will keep his job says club president

Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has assured coach Walter Mazzarri that his job is safe.

Inter are fifth in Serie A but only four points ahead of 10th-placed Lazio, who they face on Saturday.

Some Inter fans are unhappy with Mazzarri and called for him to be sacked after the 1-0 defeat by fierce rivals AC Milan on 4 May.

But Thohir said: "Mazzarri is staying. He still has a contract and I want to respect that."

Italian Mazzarri has been in charge at Inter since May 2013, with Indonesian businessman Thohir assuming control of the club five months later.

Thohir said: "I understand the fans. I'm not happy either but we need to give the manager a chance. It's important that we start next season with some stability in order to grow."

Saturday's match against Lazio will be defender Javier Zanetti's last outing as a player at the San Siro after 19 years with Inter.

The 40-year-old is due to take up an unspecified role within the club next season.