Everton captain Phil Neville has heaped praise on former team-mate and close friend Ryan Giggs, vowing to take inspiration from the Manchester United legend as he looks to defy the years and play on late into his thirties.
At 37, Giggs continues to play an instrumental part in Sir Alex Ferguson's side, so much so, that the United boss was quick to extend the evergreen star's career, commiting the Welsh wing wizard to one more season playing at Old Trafford.
As a product of the Manchester United youth academy, Neville spent ten years as a Red Devil playing alongside Giggs, before making the move to Goodison Park in 2005.
Falling out of favour under Ferguson, prompted the 34-year-old defender to seek a new challenge in search of first-team football, with David Moyes only too happy to answer his call.
But Neville still looks back fondly on his trophy-laden spell at Manchester United - glorious years that included six Barclays Premier League titles, three FA Cups, as well as one Champions League winners medal.
The move to Merseyside provided Neville with a new challenge and a new lease of life, with his career going from strength to strength at Everton over the past six years as he continues to turn back the clock.
"At my age you tend to take it one season at a time but I feel as fit as I ever have. I can go on for at least another two or three seasons."
Neville is showing no signs of letting up, and plans to emulate his former colleague by carrying on playing for as long as he can.
"I look at someone like Giggsy and he is an inspiration to all of us. He looks as fit and quick as ever and is still one of the best players in the Barclays Premier League.
"I am trying to follow his example and do all the right things."
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