Manchester United star Paul Scholes has admitted he could be ready to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old's mercurial midfield talents have been an integral part of the success enjoyed by the Old Trafford outfit over the past two decades, including the memorable Treble of 1999.
United remain on course to repeat that historic success, with Saturday's FA Cup semi-final showdown against Manchester City at Wembley the next step on their quest for silverware.
With Sir Alex Ferguson's side leading the way in the Premier League and through to a UEFA Champions League semi-final showdown with Schalke, Scholes will wait until the campaign concludes before considering his options.
Scholes, who prolonged his club career at the highest level by retiring from England duty in 2004, said: "I'll decide at the end of the season.
"I really don't know what I am going to do yet. I've got these games to think about now and I will decide from there.
"People always say you should play as long as you can but there comes a time when you just can't physically do it.
"I'm wary of that. I just want to make sure it is done at the right time."
Scholes, who has been offered another one-year extension by United, admits that he finds it tough to accept his role as a more peripheral figure in Ferguson's plans.
The playmaker did not feature in either leg of the Champions League quarter-final victory over Chelsea, but insists he will always be ready when called upon.
He added: "It is very difficult to accept (not playing every game) but the time comes when you know that you can't.
"You want to think like a 25-year-old, you like to think that you can play every game.
"But you can't. You just have to make sure you are ready for the odd 20 minutes here and there.
"It's hard to make that adjustment. It is not nice."
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