Frank Lampard says Ryan Giggs has proven that, sometimes in football, age is but a number, and the Chelsea midfielder hopes to take inspiration from the Manchester United legend.
Andre Villas-Boas has been carefully managing Lampard's workload this season, which has led to reports claiming the 33-year-old's days at Stamford Bridge are coming to an end.
However, Villas-Boas has denied this is the case, and Lampard has emphatically responded to the criticism since his return to Chelsea's starting line-up.
The veteran midfielder netted last week in the Champions League against Valencia and then, on Sunday, rolled back the years with a hat-trick at the Reebok Stadium.
Lampard, though, knows that, like Giggs, he needs to perform consistently in the twilight years of his career in order to warrant a place in the Blues side.
"People talk about age but I feel good, as good as I have ever felt," said Lampard.
"With experience, it is even easier to manage yourself through a season and week to week. Hopefully I can keep doing what I did against Bolton.
"Everybody gets that, being told 'You're too old'. Probably the first few times it annoys you, then you realise that is just the way it is.
"At 25, you don't get that, you've just had a bad game. But at 30-plus you're too old.
"The only way to stay away from that is to keep playing well. That is why Giggs plays comfortably until he is 37 - because he consistently plays well."
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