DAVID MOYES wants to extend the Everton careers of Phil Neville and Sylvain Distin by at least another 12 months.
Both skipper Neville, who will be 36 at the end of the season, and French centre-back Distin, who will be 35, are in the final year of their present deals at the club.
Negotiations have yet to begin over furthering the Goodison commitment of the pair, with Neville having been at Everton since 2005 and Distin since 2009.
But Moyes will advise chairman Bill Kenwright and the board that the stalwart duo merit another year-long contract.
“We are monitoring Phil’s position, but if you were asking me, I’d say let’s give him another year’s contract and keep it going,” said the Everton manager.
“I’d say the same for Sylvain Distin, who is in the same position.
“With all due respect, when you get to their age, they understand most things are on one-year deals or rolling contracts.
“Both of them have been excellent and I’d have no qualms recommending to the board that we give them another year’s contract.
“Phil and Sylvain are both in the same boat. I’ve not really sat and had a word with the chairman yet, we’ll probably do that after the New Year, and see if we are ready to give them a new contract.”