Everton midfielder Tim Cahill feels the Toffees need to qualify for Europe to keep hold of their top stars.
The likes of Steven Pienaar and Jack Rodwell have been linked with moves away from Goodison Park this summer with a number of clubs chasing the midfield pair.
Cahill concedes the only way to keep the best players at the club is by being successful, starting with qualifying for the Europa League, with seventh place now the benchmark.
"The big thing for us is holding on to the players and adding some quality," Cahill told the Liverpool Echo.
"It's going to be difficult because some of the lads (contracts) are up, and there are other circumstances with a few of the lads. If we can do that it will be a massive season for us."
Cahill is desperate to see Everton improve next season and win some silverware.
"I think we have to step it up next season," added Cahill. "Players are getting older, time is moving on, and there is only so much time you can keep saying 'if only'.
"For me it's been fantastic going to Wembley twice but we need to kick on a bit and move to another level.
"If we can't do it, other players are going to look to go elsewhere and look for Champions League football and at this stage in my career it's something I want to do."