With his Coronation Street contract set to end next February, around the same time as on-screen partner Michelle Keegan's exit, actor Chris Fountain has said he hopes to stay with the ITV soap.

Fountain, who plays Tommy Duckworth, told Daily Star Sunday: "I'm contracted until February and then my three-year deal is up.

"We've not had any talks yet about what they have in store for me. I don't know if they will keep me; I'll have to wait and see, but I would love to stay."

He added: "My contract runs out in February and I think Michelle's is March, so I think if they were killing us both off together they would have already signed me up until March when Michelle leaves."

When asked if he knew anything about the exit storyline for Keegan's character, Tina McIntyre, Fountain replied: "I don't have a clue what happens or how she leaves. I don't think even Michelle knows.

"I imagine we will still be together when she leaves, but whatever happens I'm sure she's going to have an exciting and dramatic exit, which hopefully I will be involved in."