Everton target Stephane M'Bia is planning to sign a new contract with Rennes to stay at the club for one more season.
The Cameroon midfielder has been linked with a £6million move to Everton, with Spanish side Sevilla also interested.
Rennes are determined to hang on to M'Bia and it appears the two parties are likely to come to a compromise.
The club's general manager Pierre Dreossi recently suggested M'Bia could be allowed to leave in 12 months' time, with the player also happy to spend another year at Rennes.
"Listen, all the world knows that Everton and Sevilla are after me," M'Bia told skysports.com.
"But I have a contract with Rennes and I do understand that Rennes want to keep me.
"My contract with the club expires in June 2010, however, I am staying this year because I have a good relationship with Rennes.
"Next year maybe I will want to further my career, but I need to respect Rennes. They gave me the platform to be who I am."