Chelsea captain John Terry has denied he will follow Frank Lampard and play for a rival Premier League club should he leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Lampard was released by the Blues in the summer but after seemingly signing for New York City has spent the season at Manchester City, assisting in their Premier League title defence.
Terry's current deal expires at the end of the season but having made 37 appearances in all competitions this term looks set to earn an extension despite the emergence of Kurt Zouma.
However, the former England captain is refusing to rest on his laurels and admits he must continue to work to impress Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
"The manager [Mourinho] came in, sat me down and made it clear if I worked hard I'd get extra years and would play, but if not there are others players who are younger who can play and will fight for the place," he said after the 2-0 League Cup final win over Tottenham.
"So I am fighting for my future, for my family's future, and I want to give it everything.
"I don't know how long I have left [at Chelsea]. Hopefully I have a few years left but if this is my last year then I hope it will go out on a bang.
"The uncertainty has helped me positively. The roles have reversed – you don't have four or five years [of contract] ahead as you get older – and now the power is in the club's hands.
"That has inspired me. I am fighting for myself and my family, and to prove people wrong. It doesn't come much bigger than that."
Asked whether he would join another Premier league club should he leave Chelsea, Terry added: "No, but there's a right time to go as well.
"Certainly I am feeling great at the minute and it would be the wrong time to go. But there does come a point where it would be the right time to go, to say it's time to move on and people will remember you that way. I have my little target to play next year but beyond that, two or three years? I don't know."