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Distin confident on new deal

Everton defender Sylvain Distin is confident he will agree a new deal to extend his stay at Goodison Park.

Distin's current deal expires at the end of the season and the Frenchman says he would be happy to sign a new contract.

The 35-year-old has established himself as a key player for Everton since arriving from Portsmouth in 2009 and Distin is confident both parties will agree a new deal.

"My contract is up at the end of the season, there is nothing more. I want to stay," Distin told the Daily Star.

"It seems like the club wants me to stay so I am sure we will find a solution."

Meanwhile, Distin believes Everton can finish in the top four this season and qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Everton go into this weekend's clash at league leaders Arsenal in fifth place on the back of their first win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in 21 years.

Roberto Martinez's men have impressed so far this season and Distin believes confidence is growing that they can gatecrash the party for a top four finish.

"We do start to believe it's possible to finish in the top four now," added Distin

"Honestly, we've always thought it is possible. I don't think we've ever started a season since I've been here where we have thought it's okay to finish, fifth, sixth or seventh.

"But now, I think, mathematically, we are starting to believe it's more possible. Look at our fixtures though - we need to get through December and January to really start to think about it."