Aleksandar Kolarov will be offered a new deal by Manchester City in recognition of his fine start to the season.
Kolarov, 30, is rejuvenated under Pep Guardiola and the City boss says the club will open contract talks in the coming months because the Serbian’s current deal expires in 2018.
Guardiola wants Kolarov to stay, although he is after another left-back, and will respect the defender’s decision.
“We’re in September so we have time,” he said. “What I want is that Kola is happy here.
“Of course we are going to be interested to speak to him. But what I want now is that he is happy and everyday he feels comfortable playing.
“He’s a guy who has helped us a lot from the beginning. That is the most important thing.
“We have time to speak, but ultimately, the players decide. If he wants to stay, he’s going to stay.