Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson has hinted he's ready to hand a new deal to veteran Didi Hamann.
Hamann's contract is up at the end of the season and as such he is free to negotiate with other clubs from January 1, but he has told those close to him that he wants to stay for another campaign.
"Unfortunately we will be missing Didi on Sunday and it will be an interesting test to see what we can do without him because he has been a big brother or father of the team so far. A lot of play goes through him," declared the manager.
"He organises everything out there. I have been positively surprised how he has kept playing well all season. He is very important to us and has run up and down the pitch too winning a lot of possession.
"I suppose his agent will soon knock on the door with regards to next season and I will always open it. We will see what happens but if he goes on like he has been then he is important to us.
"He is a great calming influence. Didi is a maestro in his position."