Bayern Munich captain Phillip Lahm has reiterated that next season may be his last as a professional footballer.
The World Cup winner retired from international football after Germany's success at Brazil 2014, and following over a decade of reliable service for both club and country, he is ready to hang up his boots.
At the age of 33, fans may feel it's a premature end for one of the most decorated footballers in Germany's history, but Lahm feels he cannot cope with the demands of playing at the highest level.
"Of course, retiring at the end of this season is something you can ponder. I cannot rule that out," he told Sport Bild.
"I already said nine months ago that I could retire in 2017 and this has not changed. The season still has seven months or so to go and a lot can happen in that time.
"My future does not depend on how many titles we win, it depends on how my body feels, and then I will make a decision on my future.
"I want to be able to keep acting at the highest level and recognise when the time has come to retire. But I still have a contract until 2018, so I am in no rush to make a decision."