Batista is apparently working on a contract that is set to expire in the near future. The multi-time champion said in an interview published on May 5, 2009 by The Sun that he had just under a year left on his deal at the time.

"I have just under a year on my contract. I've just come off this injury and I turned 40 while I was out. I realize that I am closer to the end of my career than I am to the beginning," Batista told The Sun. "It's something I'm really going to have to take a look at. I don't want to hang around past my welcome. I also don't want to hang around to the point where I'm so beat up that it's hard for me to get out of bed. I don't want to be that guy."

Shortly after the interview took place, Batista suffered a legitimate torn left biceps and was sidelined for three months as a result. In case of injury, WWE has the option of extending a performer's contract for the duration of his or her sabbatical. Hence, it appears likely that his contract will expire sometime this summer rather than within the next few weeks. It should be noted that Batista has been telling friends in the locker room that he is planning to take a break soon. He's even gone so far as to claim that he's looking to wind down his in-ring career and focus on acting.

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