Frank Lampard has been considering his career and future retirement as he pushes into his mid-30s, but says that as long as he is allowed to attack, and still producing the goods, he will keep on playing football for Chelsea.
The Blues midfielder, who has been at Stamford Bridge for ten years, added that he is having to work extra hard in pre-season to make up for his recent injury problems, but is happy to put in the shifts to secure his place in the side.
"I love getting into the box, getting up and down the pitch. I know I can do it now and, hopefully, I can do it for a few more years," said the England international.
"But I know that day will come - although I'll probably be sold before then! I do have to look after myself. There are plenty of things I do in the gym and I am with the masseuses occasionally..
"You look at people who hang around in their 30s and they have to be disciplined about what they do,” added the 33-year-old who is ready for the coming season, and admits that if he wasn't, he would make the decision to leave Stamford Bridge gracefully..
"Pre-season is always been about getting yourself fresh and I really feel I'm getting there," Lampard continued. "If I didn't feel I was getting there I wouldn't want to hang around too long."
The Chelsea vice captain admitted that last season's injury, which restricted him to a total of 32 appearances compared to an average of 51 per season, had taken him by surprise.
"Last season was a stand-out season for me. I have been lucky enough to have gone through season after season without picking up injuries," said Lampard.
"That actually hit me harder - because I had been so lucky. Now I have been away, freshened up and, touch wood, I haven't felt my groin at all. It is much harder when you aren't used to being injured. The frustration is there from the start..
"It was probably harder coming back, because I didn’t feel at my best, but that’s behind me now. My job now is to get my fitness levels high and look forward to the coming season.”
With new boss Andre Villas-Boas calling on his players to be versatile, Lampard anticipates he could be deployed in a different role from time to time, but says: “I don't mind where I play. I have actually played there (a deeper role) for England fairly regularly.
"But I do like to get forward and this won't be a role that will stop me getting into the box. As long as I am never told not to stray beyond the half way line, I'll be happy."
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