SALOMON KALOU has told Chelsea he wants a guarantee of more game time before he signs a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
The Ivorian had looked set to leave the club when his current deal expires next summer, but manager Andre Villas-Boas revealed last week that talks had begun with the striker over an extension.
Both parties need to reach an agreement before January if Chelsea are to avoid risking Kalou leaving for nothing, and the 26-year-old last night spelt out his terms, with the main one being that he wants to be elevated from the fringe status he has endured since joining the club five years ago.
"That's what every player wants to have, game time," said Kalou, who once again found himself on the bench in the 5-0 Champions League thrashing of Genk.
"Because if you're not playing every weekend, how are you going to improve yourself?
"So it's very important to play to improve and to push yourself to the limit.
"That's what I'm looking for."
Kalou, who started the first two Premier League games under Villas-Boas but has been in the first 11 just once since, added: "We're still talking and hopefully the club is putting itself in a good position and myself as well.
"I think we're going to agree on something good. I want to stay. I like Chelsea. I've had a fantastic five seasons here and won some prizes.
"Chelsea are looking forward to the future and I'm still a young player and I think my future can be here."
Kalou took full advantage of a 22-minute cameo last night to net his first goal of the season.
The strike capped Chelsea's biggest ever Champions League victory at home, as they showed no mercy to their opponents to stay top of Group E.
"We played good football and we scored early, so that gave us the opportunity to create more chances," added Kalou.