Barcelona's talismanic defender Carles Puyol said on Friday he is considering retirement after a glittering career, but added he has never entertained the thought of playing for another club.
After a career in which he has won everything in both domestic and international football, Puyol has run into a spate of injury problems and at 35-years-old may decide to bring down the curtain on a glittering career. But while he admits he has considered the possibility his playing days are up, he has not consider a move away from Catalonia.
"To go to AC Milan was something I never thought about. But did I think that I might not be able to continue, that yes," said the long-haired defender. "I would like to go to the end of my three year contract and even extend it if possible. I always said I wanted to play until I am 40 but what would please me is to retire from the game at Barcelona."
A serious knee operation has kept the Spanish international out of action since Barcelona crushed AC Milan 4-0 in their UEFA Champions League second-leg to reach the semi-finals and he expects the recovery process could be a lengthy one.
"After the operation (15 March), the doctor told me I could play again in 45 weeks but he also told me to rest a lot longer maybe even four or five months. I realised after four to six weeks, I couldn't even walk." added Puyol. "The idea is to continue to work hard and try to get back to 100 per cent so I'm ready for pre-season training.