Jagielka handed new Toffees deal

Phil Jagielka has signed a new one-year extension with Everton that will keep him at the Premier League club until 2019.

The Toffees captain, who first joined the Goodison Park side in 2007, has now played almost 300 times since his switch from Sheffield United and is excited for what lies ahead for the ambitious side this season and beyond.

The experienced centre-back, who has 40 England national team caps, explain how easy it was for him to commit to the club for another year, especially considering the signings manager that Ronald Koeman has made.

The 34-year-old told the club's official website: "I came back for pre-season and tried to get my fitness levels as high as possible, ready to compete for a place.

"It is always nice to have the potential of an extra year with the Club – and it did not take too long for me to decide to sign.

"I was delighted to do so and I am looking forward to the journey over the next two years.

"It has been a fantastic time here but, hopefully, we will create some more special memories in the next two years and I can look back on my time at Everton with a smile on my face."

He added: "The Club is moving forward. 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."

Everton, who play the second-leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie with MFK Ruzomberok on Thursday, holding a one-goal advantage, have already signed Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Cuco Martina, Davy Klaassen, Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez.

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