​West Bromwich Albion centre-back Gareth McAuley has said he is in no rush about a new deal and isn't panicking over his future at the Hawthorns; the Northern Ireland defender is out of contract in the summer and is yet to hold talks with the club over a new deal.

The 37-year-old has been one of the Baggies top performers this season and has no plans to retire any time soon. With​ ​RTE reporting the defender and the club are both comfortable with the situation.


McAuley has scored four goals so far this season and the defender said he is only thinking about the next 48 hours: "I'm completely relaxed about it. I will play football next year, I know that, where that is we'll sort that out later on in the season. You can never get too far ahead.

"I'm only thinking about it now because I've been asked but I'm just thinking about Arsenal and two games in 48 hours at New Year."

At 37-years-old, he has no plans to retire and said he isn't thinking too far ahead about a possible new deal: Going forward you never know what's round the corner and I've never been one for planning too far ahead. I'll enjoy it and I'll see where we end up."

Albion currently sit eighth in the league table and Baggies boss rubbishes reports of him retiring: "People send me bits and pieces on social media, saying things like that, I'm thinking 'has he had a couple of glasses of wine?'.

McAuley finally added: "I'm enjoying myself. One day my body is going to turn around and say 'no, you can't do it anymore'. I will just enjoy it until that happens. I know myself now I will be able play next year. It's little things, like playing the games and not having any reactions or extra fatigue. Physically, touch wood, I'm still in a good place."