Monday July 18 2011
Nesta not thinking of retiring

Milan stopper Alessandro Nesta has dismissed suggestions that this may be his final season in the game.

Nesta signed a new one-year contract at Milanello earlier this summer, a deal that some thought would be his last given that he turned 35 in March.

"It is my intention to retire as late as possible and in a decent manner," the veteran told Sky Sport Italia.

"Let's take it one step at a time. We've been training for just a week and people are already talking about the future.

"I'll continue to give everything as I always have. If I no longer had the motivation to play then I would have quit, but I still have a great amount of desire.

"I'm at the Coach's disposal and I'll look to give my contribution to the team."

The former Lazio captain, who admitted that winning the Champions League was his top aim for 2011-12, was also asked to comment on the absence of Andrea Pirlo at Milanello.

"I'm happy that he's gone to an important team," added the centre-back. "It's sad that I no longer see him on a daily basis, but this is football."

The Italian has left the Rossoneri after a decade to join Italian rivals Juventus.

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