Julio Arca has not given up hope of staying with Middlesbrough should the club offer him a new contract.
The midfield ace, 30, is out of contract in the summer and Boro boss Tony Mowbray has admitted that he could not see the club being able to afford to keep him.
Arca, though, insists he is enjoying life so much under Mowbray's new regime at Boro that he would be happy to consider an offer to stay at the club.
"I am of course interested to stay at Middlesbrough and am happy to open talks with the club about a new contract," Arca told skysports.com.
"It would be great to be here for the next two of three seasons and to hopefully help the club to get back to the Premier League which is what the manager and the chairman want."
Argentine Arca admits that Mowbray's footballing philosophy is very much in keeping with his own play.
"My form has improved since the new manager came here, we play passing and attacking football now which suits my style of play," he said.
"I am enjoying training and I am really enjoying playing football again, I think that I am getting close to my best form again."
Arca was linked with Black Country duo Wolves and West Brom, whilst Wigan are also understood to have made contact with Boro in January.
The 30-year-old former Sunderland star admits that if he did leave The Riverside then he would prefer to remain in England.
"I still have a lot of football left in me and I only just turned 30 two weeks ago. Sometimes people think I am older because I have been playing in England for a long time now," he said.
"Hopefully I will be playing my football with Middlesbrough, if not then I am open-minded about staying in England.
"I've been in England for 10 years and I like it here, I like the mentality, I like the way that we play football over here and the supporters and the people are great."