Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington is concerned that talks over a new contract at the Britannia Stadium have made little progress.
The 28-year-old still has another two years left on his current deal, but feels that he deserves an improved deal for his excellent form in recent times.
He told the Sunday Mirror: "I'm a little bit surprised we are so far away in terms of the figures.
"The club is run very well and it is a tight ship, so I can understand where they are coming from.
"But I don't think I'm being unreasonable. I'm up there with the top scorers at the club, I'm in the top ten assists in the Premier League and I think if I was to sign a new contract, then I should be up there with the best players.
"That's all I want, not any more. I've got two years left on my deal and maybe that's working against me."
Etherington joined City in January 2009 from West Ham United and has since scored seven goals in 52 appearances for the Potters.