Tottenham fullback Benoit Assou-Ekotto says he now appreciates how fortunate he is to be playing football.
The player has attracted criticism for his honesty in the past, saying that football was 'just a job' and that his primary motivation for playing was the wage packet rather than for pleasure.
But as Assou-Ekotto has matured, it would seem he's embraced the game more.
He told CNN: "When I was 20 something, I was seeking to make money quickly and to stop [my career] very early. But, you know, the more you play football, the more you realise that to play football is a good job and if you can play until 45, I will play until I'm 45.
"It's a very, very, very good job because you play every weekend and you make happy forty thousand people who come to see you play."