Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery wasn't bluffing when he told SPORTBILD that he still has "another two years at the highest level".
The French winger, who turns 35 in April and whose current deal with the record German champions expires in the summer, made the comments after scoring his first Bundesliga goal of the season in the Matchday 18 win at Bayer Leverkusen on 12 January.
He's started two of Bayern's three games since, and underlined his evergreen credentials by serving up another scorching strike in Saturday's 2-0 victory in Mainz.
It remains to be seen whether or not Ribery will be offered the chance to extend his stay beyond the 2017/18 campaign, but the seven-time Bundesliga winner is convinced he still has much to give the club he joined from Marseille almost 11 years ago.
"It's not just about what you do on the pitch, my presence is important for the team, for the mood in the camp," the retired France international told SPORT BILD last month, before giving his thoughts on countryman Kingsley Coman - the player he made way for in Mainz and his long-term successor on the Bayern left.
"King's having a great season, which is great for the team, but he's still young. He needs a bit more experience. No one can be at 100 per cent for 50 games in a season."
Ribery, who missed ten matches during the first half of 2017/18 due to a knee ligament injury, is Bayern's leading foreign appearance maker (370 games).