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Tom Brady expresses desire to play beyond 2019 season

Tom Brady on Tuesday expressed a desire to continue playing for the New England Patriots beyond the terms of his current contract, which expires following the 2019 NFL season.

“I certainly expect to be here next year and hopefully beyond,” Brady said on WEEI. “Like I’ve said, I have goals to play for a long time. I still love doing it. I still want to do it, but I am also focused on what I need to do this year. It’s a tough challenge. It’s a great challenge. I have loved it for a long time and I still want to get out there and be the best I can be for our team.”

Brady, who turned 41 on Aug. 3, went on to address both his long-term and short-term goals while conceding the sudden nature in which things can change in the NFL with injuries and other variables.

“You never know when you are going to come out of it, but like I said, I take good care of myself,” Brady said. “I am always trying to put myself in a position where I can execute my job, take the hits and perform well. I think I have a really great routine and I would like to continue to show I can do it.”

Brady has long indicated a desire to play well into his 40s, yet some insiders have some doubt about that coming to fruition. Further, there were rumblings this past offseason that Brady has at least begun to contemplate a retirement timeline.

There have also been allegations of dysfunction within the Patriots organization, primarily related to a reported power struggle of sorts involving Brady, Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.

Brady on Tuesday again dismissed the notion that any issues purportedly plaguing the Patriots has had any impact upon his personal deliberations related to how long he intends to play.

“I love this team and this organization,” Brady said.