Thursday 14 December 2017

Phil Jagielka signs new Everton contract

Phil Jagielka joined Everton a decade ago
Phil Jagielka joined Everton a decade ago

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has penned a one-year contract extension to keep him at Goodison Park until 2019.

The 34-year-old moved to Merseyside from Sheffield United a decade ago and has represented England on 40 occasions.

He had been linked with a transfer away this summer but boss Ronald Koeman is light on defenders due to long-term injuries to Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori.

Jagielka has now committed his future to the Toffees to give Koeman some relief, with the Merseyside club announcing the news on their official website on Wednesday evening.

It is 22 years since Everton last lifted some silverware but after an impressive summer recruitment drive that has seen them land the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford, Jagielka hopes he can finally win something at Goodison.

"The club is moving forward," he told evertonfc.com.

"I do not think the transfer business is finished but it is good that we have got people in nice and early.

"For the chairman to offer me the extra year... hopefully I can play my role, whatever that might be. First and foremost, I want to get myself in that team and do my bit on the pitch.

"Realistically, winning a trophy is an aim this season, next season and into the future. We want to be competing for things.

"We have the European game (second leg of a Europa League qualifier against Ruzomberok) coming up, we want to get through that, then we will look forward to competing in four competitions this season and performing in every one."

Koeman revealed Jagielka is held in high esteem in his dressing room, adding: " With his commitment to the club and more than 10 years of experience here at Everton, Phil is a natural captain and his continued level of fitness contributes also to him being a really important player for us.

"The fact that he has been an Everton player for a decade now underlines his character and why he is a player admired by many people, and also by the manager."

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