Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has insisted he needs more time on the pitch before committing his future to the club.
Kalou's current contract expires next summer, with negotiations currently taking place with the star over extending that deal.
Giving Genk the Blues: Salomon Kalou (left) celebrates with Florent Malouda after scoring Chelsea's fifth goal
The parties need to reach an agreement before January if Chelsea are to avoid risking Kalou leaving for nothing, and the 26-year-old will demand a role beyond the fringes at Stamford Bridge.
'That's what every player wants to have, game time,' said Kalou, who once again found himself on the bench for Chelsea's Champions League clash with Genk on Wednesday.
'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.'
Five star: Kalou scores for Chelsea against Genk
On the contract talks, Kalou, who came off the bench to score against Genk in the Champions League on Wednesday night, added: 'We're still talking and hopefully the club is putting itself in a good position and me myself as well. I think we're going to agree on something good.
'I want to stay, I want to be here. 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.'
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