Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has hinted that Daniel Agger is a part of his future first-team plans.
The centre-back has been persistently linked with a move away Anfield, with AC Milan understood to be monitoring prolonged contract negotiations.
Agger - whose season has been hit by injury - has yet to put pen-to-paper on a long-term deal as he is not guaranteed a place in the starting XI after apparently falling behind Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Sami Hyypia in the pecking order.
However, Benitez has implied that the Denmark international could regain a regular place in his plans if he remains on Merseyside.
The Liverpool boss said in the Mail on Sunday: "Agger knows what I think of him.
"If he stays fit, he will have as good a chance of playing as anyone else, maybe more."