Nemanja Matic believes he can play for another five years

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has his sights set on playing until he is 38.

The Serbian conducted a wide-ranging interview with the club website and one of the questions from the fans touched on his life after football.

Matic said in June that he has completed his UEFA B Licence as he gets the ball rolling with his coaching badges.

But he feels he can play for another four or five years, despite the fact he is already 33.

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“Yeah, that’s kind of the plan,” Matic replied to a question about being a manager one day.

“I started my coaching badges but I don’t think yet about this. I focus on my job now in football.

“I think I have still got four or five more seasons to play. After that, we will see but, at the moment, I am only focusing on playing football.”

Matic has been linked with a January exit, with newly-rich Newcastle United reportedly interested.

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There is a school of thought that Matic and Paul Pogba represent United’s best central midfield duo.

But they were ripped apart against Leicester last month and there are concerns over Matic’s ability to get around the pitch at this stage of his career.

Matic clearly has no plans to slow down and wants to play deep into his 30s.

Whether that will be at United or elsewhere remains to be seen, but he is one of the few players in the current dressing room who have won the Premier League.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.