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 Manuel Pellegrini signed the experienced Martin Demichelis.

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.