Udinese's Antonio Di Natale to decide future after holiday

Antonio Di Natale says he will make up his mind about his future after going on holiday with his family, having played his final game for Udinese on Sunday.

The 38-year-old marked his final appearance for the Serie A club with a goal in their 2-1 defeat to Carpi, and admitted afterwards that he is likely to hang up his boots this summer since he cannot see himself playing for any other club.

Whether he will return from his holidays to Udine and take on another role within the club is yet to be decided, although he has ruled out returning as coach.

"Twelve years is a great achievement and it's been a great journey here, with the fans, my teammates, the club -- I want to thank everybody," he told La Repubblica.

"The fact I decided to stay in Udine [all this time] means that these people and this area means a lot to me. I made this decision with my heart, together with my family.

"I've scored lots of goals and enjoyed so many splendid moments over these 12 years. I grew up with Silvio Baldini, who I will always remember affectionately, but I have to thank everybody. I also want to thank [Francesco] Guidolin because we did great things together.

"I'm not going to become a coach, though. I'm old and I don't want to argue with young players. Now I'm going to take a rest and go on holiday with my family, then I'll talk to the Pozzo family, with whom I have a great rapport, and we'll see if they still need me.

"After 12 years with this shirt, it's difficult to see myself wearing anything else. We'll see. People have been saying I'm too old all year and in the end, you've convinced me."

Di Natale scored only his second goal of the season on Sunday, but it has been an anomalous year given his career in Udine which has encompassed 385 Serie A appearances and 191 goals.