Fabricio Coloccini has given Newcastle United fans hope that he will sign a new contract after insisting he dreams of playing for the club in Europe.
Toon captain Coloccini has been outstanding at the back for the Magpies this season, guiding them into the top four and into contention for the Champions League places.
But the Argentine has only 18 months remaining on his current contract and so far talks about a new deal have failed to reach a conclusion.
That has alerted a string of clubs, including Liverpool, AC Milan and Sevilla, with the player rated at £10m. But Coloccini has given fans - who fear he will follow in the footsteps of previous Toon heroes such as Andy Carroll by quitting the club - a glimmer of hope.
He said: "I know that Newcastle want to extend my contract, but that's a topic that is for my agent. It is still early, but I feel very comfortable here and I would like to play in Europe with this club.
"There are always lots of rumours about my future, whether it's about Italy or other English clubs. But I just want to think about Newcastle at the moment."
Coloccini has also praised manager Alan Pardew and insisted he has a strong relationship with the Newcastle boss.
"I like him," he said. "He gives very clear technical instructions and explains everything in training very well. Also he is very close to the players. He's the type of coach I always like to play for.
"I think the key to this Newcastle team is unity and we all strive for the same goals. That comes from the manager."