Goalkeeper Iker Casillas, captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, expects to still be playing at 40 and hopes to remain with the Blancos until he's ready to hang up his boots.
"I could play until 40 because, if you take care of yourself, a goalkeeper can reach that age easily," the 32-year-old told Melodia FM in an interview.
"I would be with Real Madrid 31 years, though you must understand that not everyone is able to be forever with Real Madrid," he said. "I hope I can be with the club until that age, but there will be young players with better reflexes."
"At 37, when my contract is up, I will consider whether I want to continue with Real Madrid or complete the final years quietly," the keeper said.
Casillas, who last week heard Spain assistant coach Toni Grande and teammate Sergio Ramos describe him as the best shot-stopper in soccer, said praise like that spurs him to greater efforts.
"I'm ambitious and I always want more. To play and to win more titles," he said.
With Real Madrid leading La Liga, set to face archrival Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final and virtually guaranteed a quarterfinal berth in the Champions League, the Blancos faithful are beginning to talk about a triple.
"When you hear triple, it's better that we players be cautious and say that it is very difficult," Casillas said. "Real Madrid is where it needs to be at this stage of the season, with chances to win the three titles, and now comes the big one, when any mistake robs you of chances to win a competition."
Real Madrid holds nine Champions League crowns, but their most recent triumph in the elite European tourney was a dozen years ago. EFE