Salomon Kalou believes he could be offered an opportunity to prolong his Chelsea career after coming back into favour under Roberto Di Matteo.
The Ivory Coast international appeared to be heading towards the exits after being frozen out under Andre Villas-Boas.
With his current contract set to expire in the summer, Kalou admits he was readying himself to become a free agent.
He is, however, feeling a lot more optimistic after being returned to the Blues' starting XI and netting a crucial away goal in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash with Benfica.
Kalou hopes fresh terms could now be put to him before the end of the season, offering him the chance to extend his six-year stay at Stamford Bridge.
"He (Di Matteo) has opened up the group again," the 26-year-old forward told L'Equipe.
"I will be a free agent in June and I thought I would never play for Chelsea again.
"I thought the former coach would force me the same way as Alex and (Nicolas) Anelka, two players who brought a lot to the club but had to leave.
"Now, I hope to prolong my contract."