West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley is not worried about his situation at the Hawthorns despite his contract running out soon.

The 37-year-old had spells at Lincoln City and Leicester City, before joining the Baggies from Ipswich Town on a free transfer in 2011.

He has made 175 Premier League appearances for West Brom, including starting all 17 of their top-flight games this campaign.

His current deal runs out at the end of this season and he is yet to agree a new terms with the club, but he is not worried about it and is due to enter into negotiations in January.

“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,” he told Sky Sports.

“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.”

Manager Tony Pulis has stated that he thinks McAuley can carry on playing into his 40s, however, the player is not sure when he will retire.

“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?’” the Northern Ireland international said

“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.”The Northern Ireland international represented his country at the 2016 European Championships over the summer, scoring their first of two goals against Ukraine in the group stages.

McAuley represented his country at the 2016 European Championships over the summer, scoring their first of two goals against Ukraine in the group stages.

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