Aston Villa’s long-serving defender Olof Mellberg insisted he is in "no rush" to sign a new contract with the club.

The Swedish international claimed he is relaxed about the situation despite having entered the final season of his current deal.

Mellberg, who has been at Villa for six years, admitted talks had taken place over a new deal but is adamant he is focusing on his on the pitch duties as a makeshift right-back. He, said: "There have been talks but we will just have to see what will happen. There is no rush from my point of view.

"Will I run the contract down? I don’t want to close any doors. At the moment I am just focusing on doing as well as I can for the team and myself."

Mellberg had formed a solid centre-back pairing with Martin Laursen during the latter part of last season and the early stages of the current campaign.

But the arrival of Zat Knight, and a lack of any specialist right-back in the squad, meant he has been moved over to the right flank for the past three games with Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.

The 30-year-old could leave on a free Bosman transfer next summer if he decides not to sign a new deal. He said: "I’m trying to do the job as best as I can if that is where the gaffer (Martin O’Neill) wants me to play."