West Ham United captain Mark Noble hopes to spend the rest of his career playing for the East London club.
The 29-year-old has spent nearly his entire career with the Hammers, leaving only briefly to join Hull and Ipswich on separate loans in 2006.
Despite the longevity of Noble’s Hammers career – he is closing in on 400 appearances for United – he has no appetite to experience life at a different football club.
“To me, looking at myself at the age of 30, I’ve still got a contract until I’m 33 and thinking about playing for another football club would be funny,” Noble told the Evening Standard.
“I would like to finish my career here, that’s what I’ve always thought. I can’t see myself playing for another football team.
“Walking around the place, I know all the coaches at under-7, under-8 and under-9 level, sometimes I go and watch the youngsters train and I feel like I’ve been there and done it myself, coming through the ranks at the club.
“I’ve managed to captain this fantastic club, which is something very few players get to do, captaining the club they support, so it’s a major honour for me. I don’t think I’ll fully appreciate it until I stop playing.”
Noble first joined the Hammers as a trainee in 2003 and he accepts he is part of a dying breed of players who represent the club they support.
He also feels his current Irons contract will be his last and doesn’t see himself playing beyond the age of 33.
“There aren’t many of us now, because football is forever changing. Managers change and obviously relegation battles mean players move on,” he said.
“I think it is very hard for players to keep in the team they support and stay there after coming through the academy. I can’t see it happening.
“I have got three years left on my deal here and I’m not sure my body will let me go far past the age of 33, to be honest.”