AC Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini says he will understand if his career with the club comes to an end this summer.
The midfielder's contract expires in July, and it is unclear whether he will be offered a new one-year deal.
Ambrosini, 36, would prefer to extend his stay with Milan but accepts the club may choose to pursue their policy of fielding younger players.
"I don't want to retire. But I know that the club's new project is based on youngsters, so we'll have to see what happens," he said.
Ambrosini, who has made 337 appearances for Milan, has attracted interest from the United States after saying he did not want to play for another Italian side.
"If I was to leave Milan then I would choose not to play for another Italian club, that is for sure," he said.
The former Italy international, who signed for the Rossoneri in 1995, is the longest-serving player at the club.
He was handed the club captaincy after 14 years of service and the retirement of club legend Paolo Maldini in 2009.