Distin in Toffees Talks

  • Last Updated: September 28 2011, 9:56 BST

Everton defender Sylvain Distin says he is in talks with the club over extending his deal at Goodison Park.

Distin: Contract talks

The Frenchman, who arrived on Merseyside from Portsmouth in 2009, is out of contract with the Toffees next summer.

Reports suggest Everton have offered the 33-year-old a new one-year deal, but he is holding out for a further year.

"We have started talks and I am encouraged by that," Distin told the Daily Express.

"It's going well, quite positive. The club has one of the best atmospheres in the dressing room."

Distin is entitled to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.

The stopper has established himself as a key member of David Moyes' squad since his £5million arrival and has started their five opening Premier League games this season.