Alessandro Costacurta has confirmed he will retire in the summer, but his fellow Milan team-mate Paolo Maldini is intending to play on.
The pair have been mainstays of the Milan defence for the best part of 20 years and are still performing at the highest level.
Costacurta has made just five appearances this term and the 40-year-old feels the time has come to switch his focus towards management.
"I can officially say that within five months I'll stop playing football," said Costacurta.
"In the past I've said I would have liked to become a coach, but for next two or three years I'd like to grow under the management."
Despite being plagued by a niggling knee injury, Maldini has made 16 starts this term and he is not yet ready to hang up his boots.
"I'm happy with how things are going," Maldini told Gazzetta dello Sport. "My physical conditions were the main problem.
"The situation is this: inside me, I want to continue. I still like playing, training, working and I am in good condition.
"My wife pushes me to continue and I'm convincing myself about this."
Maldini's present deal expires in the summer, but the 38-year-old does not envisage a problem over agreeing fresh terms.
"My deal expires in the summer, but the signing has never been a problem."