Peter Crouch is, without any doubts, a huge Premier League legend – and he wants to continue playing for a few more years even though his future with Stoke City remains a bit unclear.
He will turn 37 on January and his contract is about to expire in the end of the season – but he knows that he just wants to keep on playing as he is “appreciating football more than ever”. His Stoke City are about to face Brighton away from home this Monday and he claimed that he is enjoying football very much right now – this season, he managed to score three goals after coming off the bench and he proves himself to be still a valuable part of the team.
The former England international spoke about how is he enjoying playing right now as he said, according to Sky Sports: “When you do see the end and get past a certain age it’s a little bit scary and the minutes you get are more precious than they were 10 years ago. I appreciate them more than I did when I was 25. I want to stay in this game as long as I can.”
He thinks that he is still the same player and he has got an additional value for the squad: “I don’t think my attributes have changed and I haven’t had many injuries, so if I can maintain that I can go on for a few years yet. I want to play at this level as long as I can. I love coming in everyday training and playing the games. It’s exciting, it’s what I want to be doing.”
Peter Crouch hopes that he can be part of the starting eleven against Brighton as he is in great form: “I think I am the closest I have been to starting a game, putting pressure on the manager by coming on and doing ok and scoring goals, so hopefully I have put enough pressure on him to warrant a start, and I hope that’s on Monday at Brighton.”