Franck Ribery claims there is a possibility he could be persuaded to extend his contract at Bayern Munich.
The France international is tied to the German giants until the summer of 2011, but has given little indication until now that he would be willing to prolong that agreement.
That has led to speculation that he could be moved on during the January transfer window or at the end of the season.
Bayern are reluctant to see the winger run down his contract at Allianz Arena and leave as a free agent, so will take the opportunity to generate a fee for his services should they have to.
Ribery, though, has now hinted that he could put pen to paper on a new deal with the Bundesliga outfit, with the 26-year-old keen to have his future resolved before he heads off to South Africa on World Cup duty this summer.
"Why not," Ribery said when asked whether he would consider signing a contract extension.
"It's me who will decide. We'll sit around the table and come up with a solution, but whatever happens it has to be settled before the World Cup."
Buoyed by the comments from their star turn, Bayern have revealed that they hope to sit down with Ribery and thrash out an agreement.
"We want to keep Franck, but we have to come to an arrangement that is a win-win situation for both parties," said the club's sporting director Christoph Nerlinger.
"What matters most is that he gets back to playing regularly."
Ribery has been out of action since 3rd October, with foot, knee and ankle problems having hampered his progress this season.