Chelsea’s Frank Lampard wants to emulate Ryan Giggs by playing his best football well into his thirties, in order to get the club back on track after the Blues went without a trophy last year.
The midfielder, who turned 33 in June, says that “the age thing” is not an issue anymore, and in fact, he can improve with the years.
Lampard said: "I think the age thing has changed. People are pretty quick to write you off once you get into your 30s but they have proved to be a lot of players' best years.
"Ryan Giggs was outstanding against us in the Champions League quarter-final last season - and in a lot of other games - at 37-years-old.”
When Chelsea play West Bromwich Albion on August 20 - their second fixture of the 2011/2012 Barclays Premier League season - it will be ten years and one day since Lampard’s Chelsea debut against Newcastle United.
But Chelsea’s vice-captain is as hungry as ever, and is ready to build on his successful career at Stamford Bridge after last season’s blip.
“There was a real level of excitement and I started getting hungry to come back,” the England midfielder continued.
“We've had a great six or seven years in which we've won a lot of trophies and it's not possible to win every year - no team does that. So, although it's a disappointment, you have to put it into perspective.
“But, at the same time, there is a great motivation because, once you do win, you start getting a bit greedy and hungry for more.
"Watching everyone else celebrate when you're not makes you hungry as well, so there will be a real determination among the squad and the management this year to put that right.”