Borussia Dortmund ‘keeper Roman Weidenfeller says he has no intention of ending his career in the summer.
The long-serving 36-year-old will be out of contract next July, but he hopes to be offered a new deal by the Bundesliga club.
He has recently returned to the side after regular No 1 Roman Burki picked up an injury and the former Germany international hopes he will still be playing even after Burki returns in the new year.
“I still love my job,” Weidenfeller to Kicker. “There is absolutely no reason for me to retire.”
Weidenfeller, 36, joined Dortmund from Kaiserslautern in 2002 and became a cornerstone of the club’s revival under Jurgen Klopp.
The 2014 World Cup winner has played in 341 league games for Dortmund, and in his 15th season at the Westfalenstadion has been used in the DFB Pokal where he was the hero of a penalty shootout win over Union Berlin last month.
CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told kicker that BVB hope to convince Weidenfeller to remain beyond next summer
“[Sporting director] Michael Zorc will hold talks with Roman in the winter and we’ll see what happens after that.”
Watzke also confirmed that Dortmund want Weidenfeller to remain at the club in another role once the former Germany international decides to end his career.
He added: “It’s planned that he will stay at Borussia Dortmund beyond his playing career.
“We are permanently growing and we therefore need folks who have a great BVB past and can transport this to the public.
“Roman is predestined for it, but that’s not the issue right now. Now it’s about whether he wants to continue his career.”