Milan captain Paolo Maldini has revealed that he may play beyond his 40th birthday by postponing his planned retirement for another year.
Maldini, 39, announced after Milan won the World Club Championship in December that he would retire at the end of the season.
But the Italian left-back has now given the first indication that he might play on for another year.
“I have a lot of energy left. One must be consistent, but at the same time only an idiot doesn’t change his mind,” he said.
“In these last few months my knees are no longer hurting very much. The club and fans are pushing me to play for another year.
“I have to admit, three months ago I was in a much worse condition and had to stay out for five months following surgery.
“Now I feel better and am even playing in a role I hadn’t tried for quite a while. I love this sport and I love training.”