Gabriel Agbonlahor wants to convince Paul Lambert and Randy Lerner that he is worth a new contract after revealing he wants to play for Aston Villa until he retires.
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Agbonlahor is currently the club's longest serving player, after making his Villa debut almost eight years ago.
A lifelong fan of the club, born a stone's throw away from Villa Park, he is now looking to prove to owner Lerner and manager Lambert that he deserves an extension to his existing deal, which expires at the end of next season.
The 27-year-old told the Birmingham Mail there was no doubt that he wanted to stay put and said: “I’ve still got a year-and-a-half left, which is a long time in football, and you leave things until the right time. It’s about playing football at the moment.
“It is hard in this league to be a one-club man, but it’s always been on my mind to play for Villa until I retire. It feels weird even thinking about putting another shirt on.”
Agbonlahor has made 295 appearances for Villa, which is some way short of Gareth Barry, who appeared 440 times during his 11-year stint at Villa Park.
Only a new contract will give Agbonlahor the chance of overtaking his friend and former teammate, but he added: "I’m here for another year and a half -- equalling Gareth Barry’s record doesn’t really bother me.
“It’s more about keeping my place in the side, keeping playing for Aston Villa, and if I get longer than him then that would be good.”
The striker has been struggling this season with a persistent ankle injury, and is unlikely to be fit in time for Saturday's visit of Cardiff City.