AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta insists he has no immediate plans to retire.
The 35-year-old centre-back has been tipped to quit in 2012, when his current contract at the San Siro expires, although the former Lazio man feels he still has plenty to offer Milan.
"I want to carry on playing football for as long as possible," Nesta is quoted as saying by Milannews.it.
"I want to put off retirement, but I can see my future still being in football, although I don't know in what capacity."
Thiago Silva is seen as the heir to Nesta, and the Italian hailed his team-mate as the best defender in the world.
"The best defender in the world, Thiago Silva, has stayed with us, so we are fine in defence," he concluded.