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.

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“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.