Vincent Kompany says he would relish the responsibility that comes with being Manchester City captain if, as expected, current skipper Carlos Tevez leaves Eastlands this summer.
The imposing defender, who was voted the Citizens' Player of the Year last season already holds the role of vice-captain under Tevez, and admitted he would gladly accept the armband should the opportunity arise.
"It would be a big honour for me," he said. "But until I hear differently, Carlos remains the captain.
"Whenever I've been captain, it's always been a big honour. Yet it doesn't change my role in the team. You don't have to wear the armband to be a captain."
The 25-year-old, who joined Manchester City three years ago, was reluctant to talk about the continued speculation around Tevez's future, and instead shifted the focus back to the collective group as a whole.
"Until there is an actual signature and it is confirmed he is not a Manchester City player any more, I don't have to comment about Carlos," he continued. "What I do know is that the group will be stronger next season, with or without him.
"Whether he stays or goes, it won't change what we want to achieve. The goals remain the same. We've had great players here who have moved on. With them it's great but without them we find a solution."
Manchester City are out on tour in North America and Kompany is so far comfortable with his performances with the club.
"I did set a standard last season but I feel I have improved because I have not been thinking about my performances over an entire season," he said.
"As far as I am concerned, my last game was Bolton on the final day of the season. My next will be against Manchester United in the Community Shield, when I hope to be better.
"I am having a good pre-season so far. I feel fit and strong and things are positive. I want to keep it that way."