Del Piero still undecided on retirement
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Veteran Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero, whose contract with the Italian side expires in 2011, said he still does not know when he will retire from football.

"I honestly don't know. Physically and mentally I am still well. It could be the latter that truly decides things," the 36-year-old told Spanish sports daily AS.

Del Piero - a FIFA World Cup™ winner in 2006 - set his sights on scoring 200 league goals for Juventus after becoming their outright top marksman of all time when he bagged his 179th Serie A goal during his side's 2-1 defeat to AC Milan on 30 October.

I honestly don't know. Physically and mentally I am still well. It could be the latter that truly decides things.
Alessandro Del Piero on retirement

The player, who has been at Juventus since 1993, said he would like to get to know Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who led Inter Milan to a historic treble of successes in Italy's Serie A championship, the Italian Cup and UEFA Champions League last season.

"He is a character! He is a nice person. Many people have been annoyed by him because they have felt attacked, but I would like to have dinner with him. I would like to get to know him as a person. I am not joking or being ironic."

Mourinho hit out at Del Piero in April 2009 before Inter Milan faced Juventus in the Italian league, saying it was "a shame" that the player had never won the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Del Piero shrugged off never having won the award, saying other great players like Spain's Raul and Welshman Ryan Giggs had also failed to win the prize but nonetheless "have much weight internationally".

"There was always someone above me. I always thought I would win it, but football has given me many other satisfactions," he told AS.