Ryan Giggs has hinted that this could be his last season as a professional footballer, but that he wants to move into management afterwards.
The Manchester United midfielder will be 39 next month and made his 600th league appearance for United against Wigan last month.
Giggs is no longer a first choice player for Sir Alex Ferguson but says that he has thought long and hard about emulating the only club manager he has ever played for.
"When I do finish playing, I’ll try to find the next best thing. Management does interest me,” Giggs said.
“The nearer I get to finishing, the more I think about it. All I can do is prepare myself as best I can for when I do finish. I’ve been doing my coaching courses with Nev [Gary Neville] – levels one two, A-Licence. We’re starting the Pro-Licence next year.”
When asked if this could be his last season as a player, he replied: "It could be, yes. I'm a similar mindset that I've been for the past couple of years: evaluate after Christmas, see how I feel, see what the manager thinks.
"If I'm not enjoying it, if I'm not contributing like I have done in the last couple of years then I'll finish. I'm 39 in November. I'm not worried by it [retirement]. It's been coming for a couple of years. But I'm still enjoying it. I still feel I'm contributing to the team."