Werder Bremen have opened discussions with Torsten Frings regarding an extension to his current contract.
The Bundesliga outfit are keen to keep the experienced midfielder out of the clutches of their rivals and are hoping to agree fresh terms.
Frings is contracted to the club until June 2011, but would be able to walk away as a free agent should no new deal be put in place by next summer.
Bremen are determined to avoid such a situation occurring and general manager Klaus Allofs has revealed that talks regarding an extension have now begun.
"We would like to keep Torsten Frings," he told Sport-BILD.
"We have already had a chat about a new contract and will continue to talk to each other about a deal.
"We are aware of Torsten's ability and his importance to the squad. We know that he is committed to Werder 100 per cent."
Frings, who has 79 caps for Germany, first joined Bremen from amateur outfit Alemannia Aachen in 1997.
He then left for Borussia Dortmund in 2002, before moving on to Bayern Munich two years later.
The 33-year-old could not resist the opportunity to return to Bremen, though, in 2005 and has now made almost 400 appearances for the club over the course of his two spells.