Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has declared he wants play on at Aston Villa until he retires but says there is no need to rush into signing a contract extension.

Agbonlahor is contracted to his hometown club until 2015 and is willing to sign a new deal which will give him a chance to break the 10-year mark at the club, having made his debut in 2006.

Talks of a new contract have not yet been held but Agbonlahor is eager to stay at the club he supported in his youth, according to Sky Sports.

Asked if he would like to stay on at Villa Park long-term, Agbonlahor told the Birmingham Mail: "Of course.

"But 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."

The quick forward has scored 63 goals for Villa in 295 appearances and a new contract could see him break Gareth Barry's record for the Midlands club which currently stands at 440.

The England international 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.

"A lot of players move on but for me it's about working hard and achieving things with Villa, and hopefully I can stay at the club.

"The club has got high hopes and we are building the squad. Look at facilities, fanbase, Villa Park and the training ground, there's no reason why you would want to leave.

"If you look at the teams we've beaten on our day, if we get the right bit of luck and the team plays together, then we can do well. It shows there are good things happening."

Before breaking into the Aston Villa first-team squad, Agbonlahor went on loan spells with Watford and Sheffield Wednesday.

The forward has yet to find the net in this season's Premier League campaign after having played eight games. Aston Villa are currently 14th in the table.

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