Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed he wants to stay at the club for "three or four" more years.
The Italian, whose existing contract runs until 2013, led the club to FA Cup success last season, their first major trophy in 35 years.
And with his side currently top of the Premier League, Mancini said: "I would like to stay - I think Manchester City is one of the world's best clubs."
However, he added that he has yet to discuss a new deal.
Man City manager, Roberto Mancini
“I would like to stay here for another three or four years. I think City is one of the best clubs in the world”
His case, though, will undoubtedly have been strengthened by an unbeaten start to the league season that has seen them establish a two-point lead having won seven of their opening eight games, scoring 27 times in the process.
Their domestic form has been in contrast to a debut Champions League campaign in which they drew their opening Group A game at home against Napoli before losing 2-0 against Bayern Munich in Germany, a
match overshadowed by Mancini's row with Carlos Tevez
after the striker apparently refused to come on as substitute.
Roberto Mancini factfile
- Won Italian league and cup as a player with Sampdoria and Lazio
- Played 36 times for Italy - scoring four goals
- Won three Serie A titles as coach of Inter Milan
- December 2009 - joined Man City as manager
- May 2011 - won FA Cup with City
But on Tuesday, City face Spanish club Villarreal at Etihad stadium with Mancini believing that a win could still set City on course to top the group.
Mancini, 46, who replaced Mark Hughes as Blues boss in December 2009, said: "It's not important if we play well or not, it is important we win this game. If we win I think we can also win the group - its possible, we have a chance.
"Villarreal are a good team, they are used to playing in the Champions League for many years."