Defender Seamus Coleman has signed a new improved five-year extension to his contract at Everton.
The new deal ties the 25-year-old, who was at the Brandywell last weekend managing James McClean XI at Barry Molloy’s testimonial game, to Goodison Park until 2019.
“It was a very happy decision,” stated the ex-Sligo Rovers man. “I’ve been at Everton for five years and I love everything about the place.”
The deal ends speculation over the Killybegs man’s future, he had been linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester United.
Coleman enjoyed a fine campaign for Roberto Martinez’s men last season, scoring seven goals and being named in the PFA Team of the Year.
The 25-year-old has given credit to boss Martinez for taking his game to a new level when he flourished under the free-flowing style of last season.
His free-scoring foraging runs had seen him tipped for a multi-million pounds transfer but the down-to-earth full-back was happy to put pen to paper on a deal that keeps him at Goodison for the next five years.
“I’ve been at Everton five years now and I love everything around the place. I love working with all the players, the staff, the coaching staff – everything. It was a very happy decision to make,” Coleman added. “With the manager and some of the players we have, we’re going to the right places.”
Martinez himself has signed a similar length of new deal, and Everton’s other goal-scoring full-back, Leighton Baines also committed his future to the club last season.