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Neuer not thinking about retirement after turning 30

Manuel Neuer turned 30 on Sunday but he insists he has no intention of retiring just yet.

The Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper is recognised by many as the best shot-stopper on the planet at the moment and has won numerous honours throughout his career to date.

Neuer, who has won three Bundesliga titles and one Champions League, lifted the World Cup with Germany in 2014 and hopes to win his first Euros with the national team this summer.

And when asked whether the time has come for him to start contemplating hanging up his gloves, the ex-Schalke man stated such thoughts couldn't be further away from his mind right now.

In an interview with the official DFB website to mark his 30th birthday, Neuer said: "How does a 30-year-old feel?

"I think at the age of 30 you still have youthful aspects, but at the same time you have gathered enough experience to know how to succeed in life. I like this mixture. 

"I generally don't think one's age is all that meaningful – there are 50-year-olds who still act and think like children. Turning 30 is also not a big deal for me in terms of my football career. 

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"I feel fit and well – I know that I have to look after my health, but turning 30 is no reason to start considering the end of my career.

"I love playing football every day. I love working hard, I love training, I love the games, I love the challenge. 

"As long as that still applies, I don't see any reason to call time on something that makes me so happy."

Neuer, who faces Italy with Germany on Tuesday, added that he remains driven to win more trophies, specifically highlighting a burning desire to win more league titles with Bayern.

"Our generation of players is very hungry for success. We are all very ambitious, and you don't just lose this ambition by winning one trophy,” Neuer added.

"I want to win the Bundesliga every year – and after winning it the first time, that feeling never went away. The same applies to the national team.

"Obviously it is our goal to win the European Championship, but that would also have been the case had we already won it back in 2012."