Salomon Kalou has told Chelsea he wants a guarantee of more game time before he signs a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
Kalou had looked set to leave the club when his current deal expires next summer but manager Andre Villas-Boas revealed last week that talks had begun with the striker over an extension.
The parties need to reach an agreement before January if Chelsea are to avoid risking Kalou leaving for nothing, and the 26-year-old last night spelt out his terms, chiefly that he wants to be elevated from the fringe status he has endured since joining the club five years ago.
"That's what every player wants to have, game time," said Kalou, who once again found himself on the bench in the 5-0 Champions League thrashing of Genk.
"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."
Kalou, who started the first two Barclays Premier League games under Villas-Boas but has been in the XI just once since, 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."
Kalou took full advantage of a 22-minute cameo last night to net his first goal of the season.
The strike capped Chelsea's equal biggest Champions League victory as they showed no mercy to their injury-ravaged ravaged opponents to stay top of Group E.
Asked if Genk were one of the worst sides he had faced, Kalou said: "You cannot take away the good performance of Chelsea.
"We played good football and we scored very early, so that gave us also the opportunity to create more chances.
"So I cannot say we played the worst team."
Fernando Torres must wish he could play Genk every week after netting his first Champions League goals for two and a half years.
Raul Meireles also scored his first for Chelsea and Branislav Ivanovic got the other to take the club's tally to 18 in their last five matches.
Kalou said: "The team is coming on together and playing good football, adding a lot of goals.
"We have to keep pushing ourselves to the limit.
"That's the only way you can achieve big things."
Genk boss Mario Been claimed his side were beaten by potential Champions League winners.
"They're a team with possibilities, when I see what's in the stand and on the bench," said Been, whose side must endure another match with Chelsea in less than a fortnight.
"It's possible this could damage us. We're missing a lot of players, so we're not in the best shape. But we have to get on with it."