Thibaut Courtois is determined to remain at the top of his game until his late 30s, holding up Gianluigi Buffon and former Chelsea team-mate Mark Schwarzer as role models.
Schwarzer is the Blues’ oldest ever player, having lined up for them at 41-years-old in 2015, and he trained alongside the Belgium No.1 after they both joined the west London club.
Buffon, meanwhile, has announced he is leaving Juventus this summer , though he may continue to play elsewhere after receiving a number of offers.
Ahead of an FA Cup final date with Manchester United, the Belgium international has admitted that he is already taking steps to prolong his career.
“Everyone knows how much and how hard we train,” he said. “If I hope to continue goalkeeping until I am 36 or 37 then you have to think about how I train.