James McCarthy: I'm buzzing after signing five-year deal with Everton
James McCarthy has ended speculation about his future by signing a new five-year deal with Everton.
The 24-year-old has been consistently mentioned as a target for Spurs, who were seeking to capitalise on the midfielder’s frustration that the Toffees had been slow about accelerating contract talks. Arsenal have also monitored the Glaswegian.
The club made the announcement this evening, a couple of hours after manager Roberto Martinez confirmed that a deal was imminent.
He told evertonfc.com: "I'm buzzing and delighted to be committing my future long term to Everton.
"I've loved every minute I've been here, with the fans having made me feel so welcome from day one, as well as the players and staff."
McCarthy had reportedly attracted the interest of Tottenham and Manchester City, although Toffees boss Roberto Martinez insisted all summer that the player was going nowhere.
"This is a brilliant club with a brilliant fan-base and what we want to try to do is bring some success here and push forward," the Republic of Ireland international added.
"The gaffer is trying to build a team and a squad for the long term and I'm excited to be a part of that and to be a part of this team."