Aston Villa centre-half Olof Mellberg is prepared to pledge his long-term future to the club as he believes that they can challenge for honours under Martin O'Neill.
The 29-year-old Sweden international still has just over a year to run on his current deal and hopes to agree fresh terms in the near future.
He commented: "We have talked a little bit but we will see what happens over the next few weeks.
"We have got three weeks before we go away and then I have got a couple of internationals, so we will probably have a talk before those.
"But there are a lot of positive things going on within the club. I hope the club can really challenge for Europe now and I'd like to be part of that.
"I've still got a year left on my contract and at the moment that is my focus and then we will see what happens in the next few weeks.
"I'm 29 now. The next contract I sign is a big contract. You would like to think you are at the top of your career at this sort of age and I feel fit and have played all the games this season.
"The manager has expressed he would like me to stay in the club for longer than that year and I have expressed that I am happy at the club.
"We've already made big signings in Stiliyan Petrov, Ashley Young and John Carew in very little time because the manager came in late pre-season in the summer.
"I am sure the manager will look to add more in the summer."