Edwin van der Sar has insisted he will not rush into retirement as playing football is the 'best job in the world'.
The Manchester United goalkeeper, who turned 38 last month, has been a professional for 18 years and is set to review his future before the end of the season.
He has previously stated that he will continue playing until he stops enjoying it, and has no plans to call time on his career just yet.
"It goes by in a flash," Van der Sar said in the Daily Telegraph.
"At 24, I thought 'how long will I go on? To 34. Ten years will be fine'. When I came to 34, I was still enjoying it, still fit, and I wanted to play on."
Van der Sar, who has Ben Foster and Tomasz Kuszczak pushing for his place, has been inspired by 34-year-old team-mate Ryan Giggs.
"It's the best job in the world," he stated. "But what Ryan Giggs is doing, as an outfield player, is more of an achievement than a goalkeeper.
"I am happy. The most important thing is to get the credit from the players and manager and that they are happy."