Joleon Lescott wants to stay and fight for his place at Manchester City but claims he won’t be bitter if they don’t offer him a new deal.
Lescott’s contract expires next summer and the England defender would love to remain at the Etihad Stadium.
However the centre-half will be 32 then and knows the club may not want to keep him on.
“I want to stay and be part of the future,” said Lescott. “But I understand there’s the business side of it and if it’s not to be, I will walk away from the club with my head held high and no regrets.
“Nothing would please me more than to sign an extension. If that negotiation ever happens, I will be there with my pen ready to sign.”
Lescott, who cost £22million from Everton in 2009, has capitalised on the injuries to Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic to start City’s first three league games.
Yet he knows he faces a new battle to hang on to his place after
Lescott is up for the fight and said: “It’s no different to any other time. Most of my City career has been with pressure being put on, by myself, by speculation of club buying a centre-half.
“It may be a little bit more due to the fact it’s my last year, but I’m using it as a challenge and an exciting one at that.
“Losing Vinny is a blow because he’s a massive player for us, but it’s down to us as individuals to show he’s not needed as much. We need to take a bit more responsibility on ourselves.”
Lescott admits he was disappointed that starting the season for City did not earn him a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Although his priority is doing well with , he still believes he can force his way back into Hodgson’s thinking.
“My focus has to be Manchester City,” he said. “I was disappointed not to be involved in the squad.
“If I’m playing well for City, we’re top of the league and competing for trophies, I’m sure I won’t be too far away from the England squad.”