Joe Maddon is very confident he'll return as manager of the Chicago Cubs next season.

Maddon, 65, is in the final year of a five-year deal with the team.

The Cubs won't decide his fate until after the season.

"I'm operating like we'll be together for a couple more years, at least," Maddon said. "I'm not going to sit and proclaim I'm looking to go elsewhere. That's not true."

He doesn't think the decision will come down to just wins and losses.

"I really don't think it does, at all," Maddon said. "It has nothing to do with wins and losses. If that's the case, I would have signed a contract at the end of last season. Our success is pretty good. You can't just reduce it to wins and losses. That makes no sense at all."