Barcelona have confirmed they are looking to extend Eric Abidal's contract.
The French defender has 18-months remaining on his current deal at Camp Nou.
But Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed the club are set to open talks with the 31-year-old - who told skysports.com in December that he wanted a new deal.
"We will surely offer him a contract beyond 2013," he told Ona FM.
"He has made a change this year, a good player has become an excellent one."
French boss Laurent Blanc seemingly agrees with Bartomeu's appraisal of Abidal's progress.
"On pure defensive level, he has always been one of the best French defenders. But he has greatly improved," he told France Football.
"What he achieved against Arsenal was exceptional."