Goodison Park star wants better deal.
Everton defender Sylvain Distin has rejected the club’s offer of a new one-year contract as he is holding out for a two-year deal.
The 33-year-old is in the final year of his current contract and could leave for free in the summer.
The Frenchman is free to speak to clubs in January under the Bosman ruling but he does not want to leave Goodison Park, according to the Daily Express.
“We have started talks and I am encouraged by that,” he said. “It’s going well, quite positive. This club has one of the best atmospheres in the dressing room.”
Meanwhile, team-mate Phil Jagielka insists Everton will adopt a more attacking approach when the club face local rivals Liverpool on Saturday.
The Toffees were unlucky to lose to Manchester City after a fine organisational display, but the England international hopes the shackles will be loosened.
“At home we have been doing okay,” Jagielka told the Liverpool Echo.
“We changed things around a little bit for the City game, so hopefully we can go back for the Liverpool game and put up a performance and try to get a win.
“It’ll be nice to get back to that. It’s still going to be hard against Liverpool, they’ve had a decent start so we’re not pretending we’ll be up against a struggling team.
“They have brought in a lot of players and a lot of good quality. As much as we say we are looking forward to the derby, we aren’t expecting to automatically win it.
“But we will be trying our best to get three points, whereas against City it was more us looking for a draw and maybe nicking a goal.”