Everton defender Sylvain Distin says he is in talks with the club over extending his deal at Goodison Park.
The Frenchman, who arrived on Merseyside from Portsmouth in 2009, is out of contract with the Toffees next summer.
Reports suggest Everton have offered the 33-year-old a new one-year deal, but he is holding out for a further year.
"We have started talks and I am encouraged by that," Distin told the Daily Express.
"It's going well, quite positive. The club has one of the best atmospheres in the dressing room."
Due to his expiring deal, Distin would be entitled to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.
The stopper has established himself as a key member of David Moyes' squad since his £5million arrival and has started their five opening Premier League games this season.