Toni Nadal, uncle to former world number one Rafael Nadal, believes that the Spaniard will retire in a few years, the Daily Express report.

Toni previously coached his nephew, helping him to 16 Grand Slam triumphs, however, the pair went their separate ways last November.

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Carlos Moya took over from Toni and helped Rafa to a 17th Grand Slam at the French Open, with Nadal coming out on top against Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

However, following Rafa’s current injury problems, many have been wondering when the Spaniard, who turned 32 in June, may well call it a day and retire.

Talking to Spanish newspaper El Diario Vasco, Toni was asked about his nephew’s retirement plans, to which he answered:

Everything in life has an expiration date.

And Rafael, when he notices it, will say goodbye to the circuit.

As far as I know, he wants to continue a few more years.

And if the body responds, it will do so.

According to the Daily Express, Nadal, who last competed at the US Open back in September, is set to return to training next week as he begins his preparations for the 2019 season.