Sebastian Kehl intends to prolong his career by at least another season, but is pragmatic over whether he will do so at Borussia Dortmund.
The experienced midfielder has spent over a decade with the club after joining from Freiburg in 2001, during which time he has won the Bundesliga three times and finished a runner-up in both the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
The 33-year-old penned a one-year contract extension at Signal Iduna Park in April and has made three appearances so far this season in all competitions.
Despite the fact he could end his long association with Dortmund at the end of the current campaign, Kehl is instead focussed on making the most of any opportunities handed to him by boss Jurgen Klopp.
"I'm not paying attention to this now," he said when quizzed on the prospect of extending his contract.
"I'm aiming to play football even after this season, maybe the situation will be a different one in a few months' time.
"Right now I'm working hard, taking my chances when I'm allowed to play.
"So yeah, I'm not behaving in a different manner."
Kehl helped Dortmund reach last season's Champions League final only to lose to domestic rivals Bayern Munich, who also beat Klopp's men to the Bundesliga title.
The draw for the group stages of this season’s competition takes place on Thursday in Monaco and the Germany international added: "There are many teams I would like to play against for sure.
"But last campaign we were speaking of a massive group and then we said that we are pretty sure many teams won't want to be in a group with Borussia Dortmund.
"Our aim is to get through the group stage, we are aware of the fact that we might get drawn in a tough group again, but last season proved that's not the most important element. So we are quite confident again.
"Obviously we are aiming to reach the round of the last 16, and then see what happens.
"In the past we were calm in front of the media, not shouting our particular targets. We do have our own aims, in the Bundesliga as well (in Europe).
"But we won't reach them by talking, we have to work hard. It doesn't make sense to say we want to better last season's performance, because that will be difficult for sure."
|Lallana: I was trying too hard|
|Walker juggles music, football careers in Sweden|
|Song to face ´brother from another mother´ Fabregas|
|Adriano announces Le Havre deal|
|Pardew braced for Old Trafford test|
|Lescott unfazed by City reunion|
|Tskhadadze appointed Georgia coach|
|United to finish top three - Ferdinand|
|Allardyce: Stamford Bridge stalemate saved my job|
|Southampton need three January signings, says Watson|
|Liverpool can make Champions League, says fanzine editor|
|Walsh: Hull clash crucial for Leicester|
|Toure, Aubameyang and Enyeama make shortlist for African gong|
|Docherty backs Chelsea to win two-horse race|
|Liverpool could benefit from Hyypia influence - Scales|
|Saudi Arabia name Asian Cup squad|
|Forty-year-old Cahill no problem for Postecoglou|
|Wenger criticism baffles Redknapp|
|Leicester must strengthen in window - Walsh|
|United not title contenders - Docherty|
|Koeman: Southampton youngsters will get a chance|
|Dyche empathises with Liverpool striker crisis|
|Cagliari turn to Zola|
|Rooney thanks Van Gaal for Christmas break|
|Cruzeiro offer Paulinho Tottenham exit chance|
|Carlisle´s wife grateful to Burnley|
|Katebe called up to Zambia AFCON squad|
|Cape Verde name AFCON squad|
|Finke names much-changed Cameroon squad|
|Grant omits World Cup troublemakers for AFCON|
|Blackpool striker Ranger goes AWOL|
|Allardyce relishing Mourinho meeting|
|Ashley fails to increase Rangers stake|
|Crystal Palace v Southampton: Koeman calls for focus|
|Warnock targeting striker in January|
|Chelsea v West Ham: Adrian vows visitors will attack|
|Heskey signs short-term deal at Bolton|
|Everton v Stoke City: Martinez eyes strong form|
|Juninho defends David Luiz|
|Burnley v Liverpool: Dyche defends Rodgers ahead of Turf Moor test|
|Arsenal v QPR: Wenger eyes festive momentum|
|Liverpool are growing in confidence, says Rodgers|
|Redknapp: Austin future could depend on survival|
|Martinez wants Everton consistency|
|Barca want Neymar until 2020, says agent|
|Jones undeterred by pressure of Liverpool starting role|
|Allardyce ´knows how to beat managers´ - Carroll|
|Jones playing for a new contract|
|China select Evergrande spine for Asian Cup|
|A-League Preview: Koren tips City to build|
|Khedira keen to fight for Real spot|