Gabriel Batistuta has confirmed that he plans to finish his career in England after his contract with Roma ends.

The veteran Argentinian striker said he wants to move to the Premiership, possibly as early as next summer.

‘I don’t know if it will happen next year or in two years’ time, but I’ll go to play in England for sure,’ he told Corriere dello Sport.

Asked whether he would like to join Claudio Ranieri’s Italian contingent at Chelsea, the striker joked: ‘I don’t know. I’m going there to speak English. With him I’d always be speaking Italian.’

Batistuta’s contract with Roma expires at the end of this season but could be renewed on a year-by-year basis. Questions concerning his effectiveness aat 33, continue to circulate, but the Argentinian is adamant his days as a top level striker are far from over.

‘Let’s get it straight. In Serie A I’ve played a game and a half and I’ve scored two goals,’ he said. ‘In the Champions League I haven’t played two whole matches. Therefore it doesn’t seem to be so disastrous to me,’ he said.