Inter goalkeeper and club captain Samir Handanovic has admitted that he is not thinking about what the future holds for him for the time being.
The 35-year-old shot-stopper has been virtually ever present in between the sticks for the Nerazzurri since a 2012 move from fellow Serie A side Udinese.
The Slovenian international is under contract until the end of the season and multiple reports in the media have stated that Inter are on the look-out for his long term replacement.
“I am not thinking that far ahead. I like to focus on the present, the here and now. I am enjoying my football. I would like to stay in the sport and the game. I like being out on the pitch” he explained in an interview with Inter broadcaster Inter TV.
Handanovic also spoke on what it means to play for Inter.
“It is always a pride and a privilege, for me it means a lot but I think it is the dream of many children. I am a privileged person, I am not a hero but a normal person.”
He also touched upon how the goalkeeping role has changed throughout his playing career.
“The goalkeeper role has changed a lot in these years, our role has more and more importance in the game so a goalkeeper must do more things and know more things than before.
“The rules have changed, the balls are faster, you have to know how to play with your feet. The role has evolved. In my opinion it will evolve even more and will have more and more importance.
“The goalkeeper is always a lonely man, it is as if he plays an individual sport, when you’re wrong you only have the net, nobody helps you.”
Handanovic also explained how much it means for him to be the captain of Inter, a role he has held for little under a year when he succeeded Mauro Icardi, who was stripped of the captaincy.
“It means a lot, it’s a source of pride. I think my teammates are happy too, it is not enough for me alone to be happy.”