Giggs to take up coaching role

Giggs has been tipped to be fast-tracked into football management and follow former team-mates such as Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce, Paul Ince and Roy Keane.

Giggs revealed to the Mirror: “I know football is my life and I will look for another challenge in the game.

“What I do accept, though, is I’m not going to be playing at 40 and when my body tells me I can’t sustain playing at this level any more I know it will be time to call it a day.

“I want to finish playing at the top and have no intention playing in the lower leagues to sustain my playing career.”

He went on: “I don’t consciously think about finishing my playing career but at the same time it’s important to make the necessary adjustments for when it eventually arrives.

“I have done my coaching courses and would like to stay in the game in some capacity.

“But if you are asking me if I have a direct plan of action when I retire, I couldn’t say one way or another.

“I think there are numerous opportunities that will allow me to stay in the game be it in coaching, the media or training in some capacity.

“I’m told you can inadvertently fall into management like Mark Hughes and then you get bitten by the bug.”