The agent of Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani says new contract talks will be opened next month.

Aquilani's current deal runs to 2010 and is worth £400,000-a-year. His agent, Franco Zavaglia, said: "In February, we'll start working on the new contract. Immediately after the calciomercato, something surely happen. One thing is certain: it will be a contract for five years.

"In my view, he should be treated like a top player. He's an important player and deserves a major contract. Together with Daniele De Rossi, he is the player most tried and courted by other clubs. A complete midfielder."