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The 35-year-old revealed he has no intentions of calling time on his 19-year career anytime soon and says he hopes to remain playing at Goodison Park for the next few of seasons

Everton captain Phil Neville has revealed he plans to continue playing in the Premier League for another three years.

The 35-year-old says he hasn't thought about calling time on his playing career just yet, hailing the scientific advancements that have allowed older players to retire later.

Neville signed his first professional contract with Manchester United 19 years ago and made the move to Merseyside for £3.5m in 2005, and he still believes he has what it takes to continue playing at the top level for a few more campaigns.

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Neville told the club's official website: "I worked quite hard over the summer. I went on holiday but I trained at a facility for a couple for weeks.

"That is par for the course now. Particularly when you are getting older, you have to stay ahead of the game. At the clinics I went to over the summer to do my training I learned that age is just a number.

"I want to play football for as long as I possibly can: two, three more years hopefully at the top level. The way that science is improving now players can play for as long as they possibly can. I think it is your mind which goes before your body and once your mind goes you can't make that back up.

"I'm quite a positive person. People say only look for this season but I am thinking, 'Let's look for another three years'. But I have to remain fit, strong and keep playing well to keep my position in the team."

Neville has decided to begin his coaching badges but insists management is something he only intends to work on after his playing days are officially over.

"It [coaching] is another way of looking at the next stage of my career," he added.

"I think I've seen in the past when players get to the end of their career they finish one day and then say, 'What am I going to do the next day?'

"You just have to prepare for that day when you can't play and I'm doing that now with my coaching badges. But there is a lot of hard work before I get my badges."

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