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Anelka still capable of playing at 'high level'

Anelka joined Juventus in January. (©GettyImages)
Anelka joined Juventus in January. (©GettyImages).

Juventus striker Nicolas Anelka is capable of playing at a 'high level' for another three or four years, according to his agent, Doug Pingisi.

The 34-year-old Frenchman has been plying his trade in Italy since the turn of the year, after cutting short his stay at Shanghai Shenhua in January.

Anelka moved to China when his contract expired at Chelsea last season, and even had a stint as player manager of the Chinese Super League side.

After joining Juve in the mid-season transfer window, Anelka has managed just two substitute appearances for Antonio Conte's side - in Serie 'A' and the Champions League - prompting more speculation that the journeyman forward could retire at the end of the campaign.

However, Pingisi has played down suggestions his client is ready to hang up his boots, adding that Anelka still has what it takes to compete at the top.

"He is at Juve so far. Then, we will see," he explained in an interview with France Football. "Nico is not ready to hang up his boots. He is still capable of playing at a high level for very good clubs.

"For me, he still has three or four good years ahead of him."

Anelka has lined up a non-football related project for after he retires, and Pingisi says that that is the only thing that could prematurely end his playing days.

"The only thing that could make him stop is his second activity that could become his main one," he added. "He has prepared for his life after his football career for a while. 

"I cannot tell you more. I'll let him tell you about at the right moment."

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