Last Updated: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:01
Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov has expressed his desire to carry on playing to a high standard until he turns 40 in nine years time.
Berbatov has enjoyed a new lease of life since joining the Cottagers from Manchester United at the end of the summer transfer window, and his appetite for the game has never been greater.
The former Bulgarian international is particularly keen to see out his career in England, whether it is at Fulham or elsewhere, after previous spells with Tottenham and United.
The 31-year-old who has scored three times in his first five Premier League games for Fulham, sees no reason why he can't defy convention by competing at an age when many of his striking rivals will be well into their retirement, particularly as he has never relied on pace.
Berbatov said: "I'm not a keeper, Ryan Giggs or Paolo Maldini, but I want to play until I am 40.
"I want to play in England for several more years. I like England as a place. I like the mentality, culture and its football."
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