Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has insisted he is not ready to retire from football just yet - stating that he wants to see out the remainder of his current contract - which ends in June 2016.
Puyol was forced to miss huge portions of last season through a knee injury that saw him need yet another operation, his fourth in total.
The 35-year-old has not let it dishearten him and is more determined than ever to return for pre-season training and prove he is still worthy of his place in the side.
"Now is not the time. I will not retire," he said in an interview with El Mundo Deportivo.
"Right now I feel I want to fulfil my contract and, if I can, make it longer."
Puyol only signed a new deal last season, yet the defender believes he could play beyond June 2016.
The Spaniard also suggested he could call time on his international career if it would help him in his bid to carry on playing at the Camp Nou.
He is set to hold talks with the national team coach Vicente Del Bosque in the near future.
"I have a good relationship with Del Bosque and will not take a final decision or say anything until I talk to the coach," he added.
"My goal now is to recover from the knee injury and then next season, we'll see. I always take the best decision for Barcelona."
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