Del Piero won't retire next summer
Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero does not intend to retire from football at the end of the current campaign.
Del Piero, who turns 37 on Wednesday, is a legend at Juventus, having plied his trade at the club since joining from Padova in 1993, winning five Serie A titles and also the Champions League in 1996.
But Juve recently announced that he will not be offered a new contract when his terms expire next summer, sparking rumours that he could hang up his boots at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season.
However, Del Piero, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, told Rai TV: "My future after 30th June 2012 is that of a football player. I will continue playing."
Swiss club FC Sion have already expressed their interest in securing Del Piero's signature, with the list of suitors expected to grow as he nears the end of his Juventus contract.