Former Japan captain Makoto Hasebe said Friday he may keep playing beyond the summer of 2023 after his German club Eintracht Frankfurt announced a contract extension followed by a coaching role through 2027.
"My retirement in 2023 is not decided and we will have another talk in the spring next year," the 38-year-old, who captained Japan in three straight World Cups from 2010, said in an Instagram post.
Capped 114 times by Japan, Hasebe quit his international duties after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The versatile player has made 256 appearances for his current club. He has served as vice-captain since the start of this season and has played 19 games across all competitions.
"I'm really happy that I can strongly feel the faith the club has in me. I will work hard to repay that faith soundly," he said.
The Shizuoka Prefecture native played for Urawa Reds in the J-League before joining Wolfsburg in 2008, winning the Bundesliga in 2009. He spent a season at Nuremberg before moving to Eintracht in 2014 and claimed the German Cup in 2018.
Football: Ex-Japan captain Makoto Hasebe to retire in 2023