Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon says he won't play on next season if he feels he's a "burden".
The goalkeeper had planned to retire at the end of the current campaign, but there have been hints in recent weeks that he could change his mind.
“I cannot create false expectations or tell lies," Buffon said.
“The truth is that there's a gentleman's agreement with the President [Andrea Agnelli] and before the end of the season I've to meet with him.
“When that happens we'll take stock of the situation and make a definitive choice. A player would never stop playing…
“The World Cup elimination? Those were difficult days, I wanted to end my career with the World Cup.
“It seemed the perfect way, it would have been the perfect final catwalk. Unfortunately that's not how it went, but I also think that at 40 I have to make certain statements, because it's right to take a step back.
“It's also a matter of sensitivity because I've always been a strong point for my teams, and I would never want to become a burden.
“At 40 you don't have to say it anymore, but it's up to others."